Basketball Hall-of- Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will reprise his role in “Airplane” for a series of commercials for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism according to the epochtimes.com on Sept. 29. Abdul-Jabbar played co-pilot Roger Murdock in the 1980 satirical comedy film.
The set of Wisconsin Department of Tourism commercials are directed by David and Jerry Zucker, along with Jim Abrahams. All three wrote and directed “Airplane!”
Aiplane! is a parity of the disaster film genre, where the airplane crew gets very sick and the only passenger able to land the plane is an ex-pilot who is afraid to fly.The movie was a huge success in North America grossing over $83 million.
Robert Hays, Abdul-Jabbar’s partner in the cockpit and the star of the movie, also will be in the commercials. Abdul-Jabbar, who wore an Los Angeles Lakers jersey in the film, will wear a Milwaukee Bucks jersey during the commercials
The footage, which was shot in the original cockpit from the comedy at the Air Hollywood Studio in Los Angeles, in the cockpit will be “blended with seasonal aerial footage of Wisconsin for three separate ads,” according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.
The ads will debut at the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism next March in Lake Geneva and air in the summer and fall of 2014.
Abdul-Jabbar was taken No.1 overall in the 1969 NBA draft by the Bucks out of UCLA. He spent six years with the Bucks before moving onto the Lakers. He is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with over 38,000 points. He also finished his career with more than 17,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocks. Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA titles and six MVPs during his career.