Watch This: Samuel L. Jackson does Don King in a boxing comedy that’s aged very well
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: With Southpaw stepping into the ring next week, and the Rocky spinoff Creed on its way this autumn, let’s cheer on some of the great boxing movies of yesteryear.
The Great White Hype (1996)
A clever and subversive inversion of Rocky in which the punch-drunk, plucked-from-obscurity caucasian really is just a tomato-can-in-waiting for the athletically superior black champion, Reginald Hudlin’s comedy The Great White Hype features a wonderfully eclectic cast: In addition to Samuel L. Jackson’s swaggering, full-regalia Don King impersonation, it offers up Jeff Goldblum as an unscrupulous journalist, Jon Lovitz and Cheech Marin as skeevy trainers, and Jamie Foxx as a righteous hype man (a warm-up for his turn as Bundini Brown in Ali). The featured pugilist, meanwhile, is Peter Berg, playing a sweetly dim heavy-metal singer …