Amy Schumer’s Judd Apatow-directed film, Trainwreck, hits theaters this Friday, July 17. Apart from being noted for its unprecedented, feature-length dose of Schumer, it’s also LeBron James’ first major film acting stint. (He does, however, play himself in the film.)James, who famously hails from Akron, Ohio (and who recently regained Ohioan support when he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers) brought the cast and crew to his hometown for a premiere of the film, and they managed to make a Funny or Die video surrounding the event.
The video sees LeBron driving Schumer, Apatow and Bill Hader through Akron to the premiere. His confidence in playing the tour guide clearly leads to a newfound cinematic confidence, as he begins pitching a Birdman-esque sequel to the film and suggesting that he should replace Apatow as a director.
The Funny or Die sketch also perpetuates a seeming running inside joke (which Bill Hader is in on) about the cast’s latent wish that Hader would simply disappear: recently, Schumer appeared in an interview spoof in which Hader had magically become Jon Hamm (and when the real Hader showed up, Schumer grimaced and asked him to leave), and central to this new video is LeBron’s insistence on Bill Hader’s character dying very quickly in his potential sequel.