Earvin Magic Johnson in They Call Me Magic for Apple TV+
Apple TV+ revealed the title and release date of the four-part documentary series of one of the greatest professional basketball players of Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s life. They Call Me Magic series is set for release on April 22 on Apple TV+.
The series has the rare glimpse of Johnson’s story on the court and off the culture with his impact on our culture today. It explores his remarkable journey from being the face of the Los Angeles Lakers and NBA legend to the conversations surrounding his HIV diagnosis and to now being a successful entrepreneur and community activist.
The docuseries features interviews with Magic, his family, and others about being one of the most important icons of history.
During the Television Critics Association press conference that LRM Online attended, Johnson, addressed with excitement with his documentary series.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson acknowledged there was plenty of interest in his life since his retirement. He figured the timing is perfect right now.
He stated, “People had come to me before and wanted to do something, but I felt the timing wasn’t right. Then I think what happened really was we thinking about doing it and then Last Dance happened. Then everybody just said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to do yours, we’re waiting on yours.’ So I felt the timing was right. I was ready for it. I got a great partner in Apple. And now I think this is an amazing journey that I’ve been on and we’re going to tell that story.”
With many on-and-off court events will be in the docuseries, Magic addressed if his short-lived talk show The Magic Hour will be a part of the docuseries.
“It’s a part of my journey with The Magic Hour. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, but I was able to learn so much from failing. I want the highs and lows to be in this doc and it is. Everything was not great in my life. But at the same time, that’s what I want everybody to know. You’re going to win and you’re going to lose in life,” said Johnson. “It’s how you come back from when you fail is what’s important. I’ve always come back. I’m happy that The Magic Hour is going to be in here.”
Finally, Johnson addressed his outlook after his HIV-positive diagnosis.
“I’m all about winning. I never said, ‘Hey, at the end that I’m going to die.” I tried to do is ask my doctors, ‘What do I have to do to be able to live for a long time?” stated Johnson. “Everything that they told me—take my meds, have a positive attitude, work out—the things that they told me to do. I did those things. At the end of the day, I’ve done everything the right way.”
They Call Me Magic streams globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, April 22.
Source: Apple TV+