Dennis Rodman’s odd ‘Last Dance’ request before ‘feral cat’ interview
Dennis Rodman still plays by a different set of rules.
The eccentric, Hall of Fame forward, who was recently revealed to have been granted a mid-season vacation to Las Vegas with then-girlfriend Carmen Electra as the Bulls chased their third straight championship in 1998, seemed content to let his contemporaries tell his stories in “The Last Dance” documentary, according to director Jason Hehir.
After showing up two hours late for the interview time, Rodman only agreed to talk for 10 minutes. The fulfillment of a random request from Rodman gave the film everything it hoped.
“So he sits down, I’m just kind of shooting the shit with him, and he says ‘I need a tuna sub from Subway and some chamomile tea,’” Hehir said on ESPN’s “Jalen & Jacoby” aftershow. “It was like Chappelle sending the guys for a sugar cookie in Queens. Unless you pass this test, you cannot do this interview. So we got him the tuna sub, we got him the chamomile tea, and he sat down for three hours.”
The defensive/rebounding savant still presented numerous challenges afterward. Hehir says that Rodman constantly had to be reminded about the subject being discussed and repeatedly veered into praise of his friend/North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un.
“Interviewing Dennis Rodman is like trying to interview a feral cat,” Hehir said. “He’s not looking in the same place, he’s got those big shades on. Every other sentence was going back to Kim Jong-un and how he was gonna be in the history books.”
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