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SHOULD RODMAN HAVE SPLIT THIS "DOUBLE TEAM"?
Published April 4, 1997
Mandalay Entertainment's presentation of "Double Team," released by Columbia Pictures, opens nationwide today. The film stars JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME and marks DENNIS RODMAN's film debut. Rodman plays Yaz, a weapons dealer, who helps Quinn (Van Damme) rescue his wife, held by the vengeful terrorist Stavros (played by Mickey Rourke). In N.Y., Janet Maslin calls Rodman's performance "awkward but definitely lively," adding that he "gives the film some much-needed comic relief" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/4). The N.Y. POST's Michael Medved: "Rodman offers an oddly likable screen presence, but his mincing mannerisms, phoned-in delivery and clumsily choreographed fights all suggest that he shouldn't give up his NBA career any time soon" (N.Y. POST, 4/4). In Chicago, Roger Ebert, on Rodman: "He seems at home on the screen. He's confident, and in action scenes he'll occasionally do a version of the high-spirited hop-skip-and-jump he sometimes does on the court" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/4). On "CBS This Morning," Gene Siskel: "Physically, Dennis looks good. His makeup in the film improves his complexion and he seems confident in the fight scenes. Not bad for a non-pro actor" ("CBS This Morning," 4/4). SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's Kostya Kennedy writes "while Rodman's thespian efforts are often ham-handed and forced -- partly due to an insipid and cliche-ridden script -- he actually holds up well" against Van Damme and Rourke (SI, 4/7). In L.A., Kevin Thomas: "Rodman is a natural for the movies. He's got a star's wit, personality and presence, and clearly his role has been tailor-made for him" (L.A. TIMES, 4/4). In Houston, Bruce Westbrook notes Rodman "has so much persona to play," that he "registers more strongly than [Michael] Jordan did [in 'Space Jam']" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 4/2). In Ottawa, Louis Hobson, on Rodman: "He has the best throw-away lines and he knows how to toss them with aplomb" (OTTAWA SUN, 4/4). DIGGING FOR WORM: Rodman's agent, DWIGHT MANLEY, is profiled in SI by Richard Deutsch. Manley, 30, "looked across the crap table when they first met, at a Las Vegas casino in 1993, and saw 'a diamond in the desert that just needed some polishing. It was so obvious'" (SI, 4/7 issue). PARTY: RODMAN, following the Bulls' White House visit yesterday, when asked if he would like to spend a night in the White House: "I'd like to bring some of my closest friends and then invite Hillary and Bill in there and see if they can really party down. ... I think Hillary can be an animal, but Bill is a little bit too conservative" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/4)....Jay Leno: "Did you see Rodman? He had the same outfit on as Hillary" ("Tonight Show," NBC, 4/3).