HoopsHype Desmond Mason rumors
In more ways than one, Desmond Mason is opening the next chapter of his burgeoning career as an artist. On Friday, his new exhibition “Generation Next: Chapter Two” will debut at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum. The opening reception for the exhibit is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the museum's Tulsa World Gallery. Oklahoman
“I was taught as a realist, and I pretty much got to the point where I was bored of that. ... So I went into abstract expressionism and that has evolved over time also,” Mason said in a phone interview Tuesday from London, where he was vacationing with his wife and children. Oklahoman
Desmond Mason once won the NBA's slam dunk contest. Now he's lost his sanity, sort of. Mason said he has been cast to play a resident of an insane asylum in a movie being filmed in Oklahoma. "Just Crazy Enough" is a family-friendly comedy about identical twins separated at birth. According to the film's website (tulsaworld.com/justcrazyenough ), one twin becomes a prominent psychiatrist and the other a lifelong mental patient. The psychiatrist ends up swapping places with a twin he knows nothing about. Tulsa World
Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Chris Kattan will play the lead role and is adding to what Mason says is a funny script. Tweeted Kattan on July 3: "I was waiting for a physical comedy vehicle like this for a loooong time! Thanks Oklahoma and timing and universe." Mason described his role as a "pretty big part." He said his character speaks only in cliches and won't hold a normal conversation with anyone. "Throughout the course of the movie, they are asking me a bunch of questions and we are going through a lot of stuff and I am answering with random cliches that mean nothing," he said. Mason is excited - and intimidated - by his first acting job aside from commercials. Basketball players get accused of acting if they "flop" while trying to draw offensive fouls, but Mason contends he doesn't have that kind of acting experience. Tulsa World
Midtown Renaissance announced September 28 that NBA player Desmond Mason is the winner of its Plaza Court Retail Contest. Mason’s proposal for an art studio, which he will use to produce works and host events, was selected for its potential to enhance the creative energy of the district. OKC.biz
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