“Slamma Jamma”: ‘It’s an emotional roller coaster’

If you like drama, basketball, and dunking, then you’ll love “Slamma Jamma.”

“It’s an emotional roller coaster type movie,”said the film’s lead star Chris Staples.

“Slamma Jamma” follows a former basketball star as he prepares for a national slam dunk competition after being released from prison. Unfortunately, he served time for a crime he didn’t commit.

“There’s going to be times in this movie when you’re going to laugh, there’s going to be times when you’re angry, there might be times when you might shed a tear, and there’s going to be times when you’re really excited because of all the things going on,” explained Staples.

Also, this movie has star power. Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and former “Bash Brother” Jose Canseco are apart of the cast of ‘Slamma Jamma.” Staples talked about being on set with Irvin and Canseco. “I’m a big fan of football, so Michael Irvin was one of my favorite receivers to watch. So, to be on set with him was very different,” said Staples.  “He was a good guy; very funny, very personable to talk to. Jose Canseco was just as funny. They were all good people, and they were all out there ready to work.”

According to Staples, fans will be satisfied with the dunks! “There are no stunt doubles, you’ll see some of the best dunkers in the world. You watched the NBA dunk contest and you were dissatisfied, but you won’t be dissatisfied with these guys because they are the best.”

“Slamma Jamma” in theaters March 24th.

‘Slamma Jamma’ star Chris Staples talks ‘Christ Air’ dunk

Professional dunker and “Slamma Jamma” star Chris Staples can fly. Not convinced? Watch the dunk below.

Staples talked about how he came up with the “Christ Air” dunk with Go4it host Paul Gant:

“Actually a friend came up with the dunk. He can’t even dunk, but he studied dunks all the time.” Staples said. “He came up with the idea; hey. we actually got that dunk from a skateboarder. So the name of the dunk comes from a skateboarder.  He jumps up and he lifts the skateboard off from under his feet and holds it up straight.  We thought, ‘hey, could we do this with a basketball?’ And so we tried it, and it worked out. It was fun being in the gym creating a different dunk.”

This dunk would eventually go viral, which surprised Staples.

“We never thought that the dunk would go viral as did. I just thought hey that’s a cool looking dunk,” he said. “It only looks good in slow motion, but that was the point of it. When people see it, they love it. I’m glad I kind of have that as a signature dunk now.”

“Slamma Jamma” is in theaters March 24th.

Listen to the complete interview with Chris Staples at the link below.

Interview comes in at 12:27: