“Would like to kick Robert Down Jr’s a**” Desperate Shaquille O’Neal wanted a last shot at stardom in Hollywood

“Would like to kick Robert Down Jr’s a**” Desperate Shaquille O’Neal wanted a last shot at stardom in Hollywood

Shaquille O'Neal, Robert Downey Jr.

In 2018, Shaquille O’Neal, the renowned NBA star, expressed his desire to work with ‘The Avengers’ in a future Marvel film. O’Neal remarked that he’d want to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that he has Robert Downey Jr. in mind as a specific opponent to defeat.


Outside of the NBA and in popular culture, Shaquille O’Neal has a sizable fanbase. The Big Diesel is well-known off the court and is acknowledged as one of the greatest players of all time. After guiding the Lakers and the Heat to championships, Shaq is a legend and the overwhelming hero. Along with being a fantastic basketball player, the former NBA champion is recognized worldwide for his work as a comedian, businessman, actor, and pundit on TNT’s Inside the NBA. A few years ago, Shaq has expressed his desire to appear in a future Marvel film with The Avengers and it was interesting that he said he wanted to challenge Robert Downey Jr.

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The domination of Shaquille O’Neal on the basketball court

In the 75-year history of the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal was universally acknowledged as its most dominant player. Over the course of his 19 seasons in the league, he won several awards, including MVP and Rookie of the Year. O’Neal also won three MVP awards, four NBA championships, and three NBA Finals MVP awards. Based on his first-season All-Star participation and outstanding performances, O’Neal immediately stood out when the Orlando Magic, who selected him first overall in the 1992 NBA Draft. After four seasons with Orlando, the LSU alumni took part in the 1995 NBA Finals. That season, he averaged 29.3 points per game, setting a league scoring record.


Shaquille O’Neal joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996, embracing a franchise that would go on to garner attention throughout the course of his brilliant career. The Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal-led Lakers won three straight NBA championships from 2000 to 2003. The Heat and Lakers decided to retire O’Neal’s number after he made a comeback and helped the Miami Heat win their first NBA title in the 2006 NBA Finals. With 15 All-Star appearances, he shares fourth place on the NBA’s all-time selections list. He was chosen for the NBA’s 50th and 75th anniversary teams after a remarkable career that ended in 2011. He was also honored with a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction in 2016.

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O’Neal going to thrash Iron Man in Avengers?

During an interview with the former professional basketball player and occasional actor, the topic of what he would like to accomplish as an actor in the future came up. On the surface, Shaquille O’Neal’s response about wanting to be in a Marvel film isn’t all that shocking. It’s astonishing that he wants to battle with Iron Man- Robert Downey Jr. and teach him a few things. Shaq stated: “I would love to be in one of the Avengers movies. I would like to kick Robert Downey Jr.’s a**.” The former champion has made great progress in his health as well. He wanted to return stronger than before, so he started working out frequently with the possibility of landing a role.

Comic book movies are nothing new to Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq made an appearance in 1997’s Steel years before Marvel was even a thing, and even years before the first X-Men film debuted in 2000 and gave us the first genuinely contemporary and admirable superhero film. One of the worst comic book movies ever produced, the film is based on the same-named DC Comics superhero. O’Neal agrees that it was a significant chance for him, and he’d even be open to doing the film again using more up-to-date practical effects.


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