Is Hustle based on a true story?

ADAM Sandler returns to the big screen in his new basketball-themed film, Hustle.

He brings his love of the game to the role alongside the great NBA athletes.

Adam Sandler stars in new basketball movie Hustle


Adam Sandler stars in new basketball movie Hustle

What is Hustle about?

Co-produced by LeBron James, Hustle draws viewers into the NBA as it features prominent current and former players throughout the storyline.

The film is about Adam Sandler’s character, Stanley Sugarman, a basketball scout who works to lead Bo Cruz, played by Juancho Hernangómez, to a brighter future.

An unlikely pair, Sugarman and Cruz both come from troubled backgrounds, which brings them together as they pursue their dreams with the NBA and eventually the Philadelphia 76ers.

Hustle profiles key NBA figures for authenticity, including former players Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Julius Irving and Kenny Smith.

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Current players such as Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey and Seth Curry were also cast in the film, and when they searched for the person to play Bo Cruz they found Hernangómez, who plays Utah Jazz for the NBA team.

“It’s such a good opportunity, ‘Hustle,’ Sandler told Slash Film that the pro gamer is starring in his new movie.

“The premise of looking and finding a real NBA player and getting them to see if they fit into the NBA and can be a star there and have a life there.

‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity so I think the goal was to make sure the hoop looked as cool as possible and as real as possible and a guy like me and a guy like Juancho look at it and go,’ Yes, that’s how it works.'”

Is Hustle a true story?

Sandler said at the red carpet premiere that while director Jeremiah Zagar wanted the film to be “as authentic as possible,” Hustle is not based on a true story.

Although it is purely fiction, James wanted to make a film that would bring viewers closer to the raw and emotional reality of the NBA by drawing on his experiences and those of other players.

The family connections were essential to the film’s integrity, and Hernangómez told The Hollywood Reporter that the connection between his and Sandler’s characters was not contained on screen.

“I think he’s like my father and to him I’m his older son. It was a feeling from day one, we just loved each other so much and spent so much time together,” he said.

“When I see his eyes and I have to say goodbye [in the movie]I say ‘I love you’ and it’s a real feeling, it’s not acting.”

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Where can I watch Hustle?

Hustle, a drama starring Adam Sandler, Juancho Hernangomez and Queen Latifah, aired exclusively on Netflix on June 3, 2022.

Those who want to see the film will need to subscribe to the streaming service and can watch Hustle on their smart TV or Roku device. Is Hustle based on a true story?


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