Shaquille O'Neal will be returning to the big screen in an upcoming Adam Sandler movie, The Wrap reports. The basketball superstar is adding the comedy Jack and Jill to his extensive film resume, which already includes Scary Movie 4, Kazaam, and Blue Chips.
O'Neal may be among the sports world's most prolific actors, but he's not the only one. Athletes from former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino to Olympic ice skater Michelle Kwan have appeared in movies. Here, a look at the ten best athlete appearances in film:
Brett Favre in There's Something About Mary
Indecisive quarterback Brett Favre plays a heightened version of himself (Ok, maybe not that heightened), an all-American Adonis with whom Ben Stiller's Ted must compete for Cameron Diaz's Mary's affection. Favre is completely serviceable, as not much is demanded of him besides smiling and being charming. However, he—or rather his name—provides what is undeniably one of the comedic highlights of the film.
Dan Marino in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino plays himself in one of Jim Carrey's first big hits. As with Favre in There's Something About Mary, Marino doesn't say much, but his presence in the film is the source of countless laughs and one of the movie's most memorable lines—"Laces out, Dan." Marino gets extra points for letting himself be blamed for a both a major Super Bowl loss and the complete mental breakdown of one of his teammates.
Mike Tyson in The Hangover