Script vs Screen - Ep1 - Ballers

July 21, 2015

In this episode we take a look at HBO's Ballers starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The script describes Spencer Strasmore as mid-30's, black, former All-pro running back. Always ran hard. Grew up in Virginia Beach.... and producer and writer Stephen Levinson always claimed that he had Dwayne Johnson in mind for the role...

We explore more of these subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the written pilot and the final production of Ballers. 

Joining Dwayne Johnson are relative newcomers John David Washington (Denzel Washington's son), and Omer Benson Miller. The hilarious Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, Children's Hospital) provides excellent comedic moments as Strasmore's coworker/immediate manager and wannabe baller. 

By the same people that brought you Entourage (Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson) Ballers brings a smaller extravagance and peek into a world we only wonder about. Follow Spencer Strasmore as he comes to terms with his new place in the world, while balancing the challenges and opportunities his friends, family and former life present. 

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