‘Sneakerella’ Star John Salley Says I Should Be In ‘Black Panther 2’



John Salley is many things – a four-time NBA champion, an activist, a father, an actor and above all, a firm believer in chasing his dreams. The star of the latest Disney+ Hotstar film “Sneakerella,” sat down for a quick chat with ETimes, where he spoke candidly about his new Hip-Hop musical, the importance of representation and why his film is the perfect modern Cinderella story.

While there he also reminisced about his time filming a documentary in India, the life lessons he learned and also talked about his upcoming 90 day trip to the country that he will move on to get in touch with his inner self.

From Bad Boys to LA’s Finest and now Sneakerella, what made this movie so special to you that you decided to sign on?

I always wanted to be an actor and I have been earning money from it since 1993 and I am a TV host. But, I always wanted to be in musicals and this one was perfect with my music of choice which is Hip-Hop, and I can play in a musical with Hip-Hop.

You play a parent in this one, what message would you like fairy tales to send to parents and children?

Dreams come true. I am living proof. I grew up in a project in Brooklyn, New York. It’s funny. When I came to India, I made a documentary in 2008 and realized how privileged I was to live in America. Of all the things I saw (there), they were still smiling in India. It’s life itself, isn’t it? Life is what you make of it and I wanted to do a lot of things. Everything I’ve done so far is because I wanted to. There is no limit except in your mind.

You talk about chasing your dreams, what is that dream you’ve been chasing no matter the consequences?

I believe that everything has a consequence. Each action causes an infinite amount of realities behind them. Usually, if you do positive things, the positivity stays. So stick to the positives…

Tiana and now Lexi Kira King and then Hailey Bailey as The Little Mermaid, how about acting influences, young children?

I think it’s amazing that they realize now that diversity is in this world, and there’s so much more than one look. I’m glad they’re embracing it and realizing they can be this (Disney Princess) no matter what they look like, what color of skin they are or where they’re from. You can be anyone in this world, that’s why I love the metaverse and being in this time where no one is ashamed and everyone is proud.

You mentioned your dream was to be in a musical, what’s next for a superhero movie?

I wish! You tell them that John Salley has to be in a Marvel superhero movie.


I should be in ‘Black Panther 2’!

When can we expect to see you again in India?

I’m coming to India soon to do a speechless meditation camp. I come for 90 days to stay in an ashram. I have been to New Delhi then Amritsar to Golden Temple then Dharamshala so I want to go south next time. I was going to go to Sri Lanka from South India, and for some reason I don’t know, but I’m connected.


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