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Kyrie Irving discusses shooting new Uncle Drew commercial

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving discusses working with Bill Russell and Kevin Love on his "Uncle Drew: Chapter 2" commercial.


Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving recently released his second Uncle Drew commercial for Pepsi Max, co-starring Bill Russell and Minnesota Timberwolves' forward Kevin Love.

Irving knew that because of the success of the first commercial, it would be impossible to keep his true identity a secret for the second ad. He brought in Love to play Wes, an old teammate of Drew. Irving said because of the first commercial, he felt he had some acting experience and gave Love some tips on set. Irving said, "I told him to be in character and he was. He did a phenomenal job."

Irving was even more excited to work with Bill Russell, who appears in the beginning of the short. Irving said his heart was pounding when he first met and chatted with Russell, who would talk to Uncle Drew as if he was one of his contemporaries. Irving said of Russel, "He had so many stories. Sometimes I felt he was talking to an old man."

He wouldn't say if more Uncle Drew films are in the works, but Irving hinted at it, saying, "You never know where Uncle Drew will show up next."

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