The tributes continue to pour in for Kobe Bryant, following the Los Angeles Lakers great's shocking death over the weekend. “Words can't describe the pain I'm feeling. I loved Kobe — he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much,” Michael Jordan wrote in a statement, while everyone from Alicia Keys to Shaquille O'Neal to Drake shared the tearful sentiment. CBS Los Angeles reached out to Oscar-winning actor and Staples Center courtside fixture Jack Nicholson, who shared a charming story about the first time he met Bryant.
“I teased him the first time we met. I offered him a basketball and asked him if he wanted me to autograph it for him,” Nicholson said. “He looked at me like I was crazy.” The Chinatown star also shared what went through his mind when he heard the news:
“My reaction is the same as almost all of LA. Where we think everything's solid, there's a big hole in the wall. I was used to seeing and talking to Kobe that... it kills you. It's just a terrible event... I sat right behind his jump shot on the left-hand side. I can see him going up and I can tell the first instant if it's going in. We'll think of him all the time and we'll miss him. He was just one of those touched people.”
Nicholson's advice for a young Kobe: “Eat up... and get loose.”
Netflix's next feature documentary will offer a deep dive into Los Angeles’ street art scene through a variety of well-known voices. “LA Originals” is scheduled to hit the streaming service later this month, and Netflix released the official trailer Wednesday morning, highlighting the featured talent of hip-hop A-listers and one iconic basketball star.
Per Netflix's synopsis, “LA Originals” is a documentary that will explore the culture and landmarks of the chicano and street art movement that cemented Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol's status as behind-the-scenes hip-hop legends. The 90-minute documentary will include interviews and other scenes with hip-hop legends and other high-profile entertainers, including Kobe Bryant, Eminem, Michelle Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Blink-182, Wilmer Valderrama, Terry Crews, George Lopez and more.
“LA Originals” is directed by Oriol and written by Brian Maya and Omar Quiroga. “Hip-hop was new,” Oriol said in the trailer about his career arc. “I'm on tour with the Beastie Boys, No Doubt, the Fujis, Limp Bizkit. And I'm the only one there with a camera.”
Oriol, a longtime photographer and music video director, has photographed celebrities ranging from Eminem and Kim Kardashian to Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, and has also prolifically documented Los Angeles' urban and gang cultures. As for Mister Cartoon, the veteran tattoo and graffiti artist has worked with celebrities such as Bryant and Beyoncé, and his work has also been used by the Los Angeles Clippers, the “Grand Theft Auto” video game series, and other high-profile brands.
The duo met several decades ago, manage the SA Studios Global marketing agency, and frequently collaborate on various projects.
“The more we hung out, the more we just started building on ideas of things we could do to make money that weren't illegal,” Mister Cartoon said in a scene from the documentary's trailer.
“LA Originals” will mark another addition in Netflix's growing unscripted slate. The streaming service recently turned plenty of heads with the docuseries “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” which centers on the life of Joe Exotic, an incarcerated criminal, prolific animal abuser, and 2016 presidential candidate.
Check out the trailer for “LA Originals” below. The film will hit Netflix Friday, April 10.