Stephen Curry On Watching His Documentary, ‘Underrated’, For The First Time: ‘It Was An Emotional Roller Coaster’

On Monday night, NBA star Stephen Curry found himself in front of a different kind of full-court press: a mass of reporters lining the red carpet at the Sundance Film Festival for the world premiere of the new documentary “Underrated”. which chronicles his life and career.

With a bit of scheduling luck, Curry had the night off from the NBA game: It’s the middle of the season for the reigning NBA Finals MVP and his team, the Golden State Warriors, so he flew to Park City, Utah, to join the filmmakers behind the doc. , including director Peter Nicks and producers Ryan Coogler, Erick Peyton and Sean Havey, at its premiere.

The highly-anticipated documentary was screened to a packed house at the Eccles, and ahead of the screening, Curry recalled the first time he saw the finished film, pressing play on a screener in the early hours of the morning after a game.

“I had seen an earlier version,” Curry said. Variety on the red carpet. “But to see all that we’ve invested in this film, the memories and the experiences that I’ve had in my life, but also in Davidson and my journey there, sitting at home watching it on a big screen, just with a bowl. of popcorn and a good drink on the side, it was an emotional roller coaster”.

He continued: “Walking down memory lane, listening to the stories, and the way the film comes together through everyone’s points of view, it touches all the emotions. It’s more than sports fans, basketball fans, it goes beyond. I’m very proud of it.”

Curry and Peyton, who serves as creative director for the NBA star’s production company, Unanimous Media, approached Coogler, Nicks and the Proximity team with the idea of ​​a documentary. “Underrated” chronicles Curry’s rise to prominence as Davidson went on an unprecedented run during March Madness in 2008, which the filmmakers juxtapose with the Warriors’ improbable path to the NBA championship during the 2021-2022 season. The film kicks off the company’s first deal with A24 and will premiere on Apple TV+.

When Curry appeared on variety cover in 2018, she teased that the right acting roles might be in her future. “If that opportunity ever presented itself, I would definitely jump for it,” Curry said at the time.

Now, four years later, Curry confirmed that he’s still looking for the right opportunity.

“Hopefully I can not only be inspired by a movie like ‘Underrated,’ but also have the opportunity to be on camera in some way and expand that skill set,” Curry said when asked to name the role of his dreams. “I feel like hopefully I could check that box and do something really cool, maybe have a comedic angle, I feel like the world is my oyster there. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see that.”

Now that he’s partnered professionally with Coogler’s Proximity, could a role in the next “Black Panther” movie be in the works?

“You said it, not me,” Curry laughed when Variety made the suggestion. (We also pitched the pitch to Coogler, who jovially replied, “Oh wow, I think it’s ‘No Comment’.”)

The question came up again during the question-and-answer session that followed the screening, when audience member Kolby Mac (host of the “Minorities Report” podcast) asked if it would be possible to team up.

“If we can shoot it in the summer and find a good role for me in that universe, absolutely,” Curry responded as the crowd laughed. “Press and we’ll see what it says.”

It looks like the ball is firmly in Coogler’s court.

Ayesha Curry and Sonya Curry attend the 2023 Sundance Film Festival premiere of “Stephen Curry: Underrated.” (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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Curry was also joined at the premiere event by his wife Ayesha Curry, his mother Sonya Curry, Davidson’s former basketball coach Bob McKillop, and Curry’s close friend and former teammate Jason Richards, all of whom appear. in the documentary. Unlike him, however, they were entering the theater blind.

“I’m very nervous,” admitted Sonya Curry. “They came and interviewed us in so many different situations, so I’m worried about that, because I can say things and I don’t know what they captured. But I’m actually very excited for the world to really see Stephen. Like, there’s been a lot of other interviews, but you’re going to be able to see Stephen, see Davidson, people who weren’t really seen.”

McKillop also shared his excitement to see the finished film, crediting Nicks for the “genuine sense of care” he exhibited while making the film and for being “remarkable with the way he got feedback from us.”

News of the documentary came as a surprise, with Curry calling his mother and coach once the deal was done. But McKillop wasn’t really surprised that his former star player was keeping the news under wraps.

“Steph is not someone who gets on a speaker and says, ‘Hey, look at me.’ Steph is not a ‘Watch me’ type; That’s why he’s a great leader,” McKillop said of Curry. “He says, ‘Don’t look at me, follow me.'”

Sonya Curry also reflected on the film’s title, “Underrated,” explaining that, to her, that word, which has often been applied to her son’s career, simply means “underrated.”

“People only see the outside, they only see what they see at that moment,” he shared. “They have no idea what is inside and the value of what is here. What is inside of us, our souls, is the most important thing about who we are and what we are going to do.

Before the premiere, Nicks and the producers of “Underrated” sat in the Variety Studio, presented by Audible, to detail the making of the documentary and explain how they captured the ups and downs of Curry’s career, culminating in the Warriors’ comeback season. Watch the full interview in the video above.

Bob McKillop, Stephen Curry and Jason Richards attend the 2023 Sundance Film Festival premiere of “Stephen Curry: Underrated.”
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