19. There's a post-credits bit with Jordan and some of the Looney Tunes characters
How else to close out a Looney Tunes film but a gag built around the traditional send-off line, "That's all folks"?
20. Jordan filmed his scenes with comedy-troupe members in green outfits
To film Jordan in scenes that were otherwise animated, director Joe Pytka hired a troupe of comedy actors, covered them in green against a green-screen backdrop, and had them run around on their knees so Jordan could interact with them and make it seem, once the animation was added, like he was talking and reacting to Bugs and Co.
21. Jordan hated all the meet-and-greets he had to do on set
Said Pytka in a 2009 interview with the Chicago Tribune: "They were using him for publicity and every day they'd bring in some dignitary to meet him and that started to piss him off." Eventually, Pytka says, "Michael turned to me and said, 'I thought you said this would be [expletive] fun.'" When Pytka told him that it should have been, MJ replied, "So why isn't it?" Added Pytka: "Standing in front of a camera and remember your lines, acting is a devastatingly difficult profession, trying to create those emotions... We were very, very careful that Michael was comfortable when he came on the set. The stuff that irritated him was the PR stuff."
22. The director wanted Michael J. Fox in Wayne Knight's role
In that same Tribune article, Pytka said that finding a name-brand star to appear alongside a novice actor and a cartoon rabbit wasn't easy. Pytka said that Jason Alexander and Chevy Chase turned down the part of Stan Podolak before Knight ultimately landed the role.
23. The movie's director says he helped sell Jordan on Dennis Rodman
In the summer of 1995, the Bulls were considering signing Dennis Rodman, the eccentric bad-boy forward known as one of the league's best rebounders. During a break from shooting, Pytka asked Jordan why he didn't want to play with Rodman. "Michael says, 'Because he is a crazy man and the only person I know who's crazier is you,'" Pytka said. "I was like, 'Are you an idiot? All he does is play defense and rebound. You need somebody else to shoot?'" Jordan and Rodman eventually met... and won three titles together as teammates. Said Pytka: "From that day on, he would call Rodman, 'your boy.'"
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Joe DeLessio is an associate editor at New York Magazine online and a contributor to Thrillist. His favorite Monstar is Bupkus. Follow him on Twitter: @joedelessio.