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andersonBy LARRY VAUGHT

Derek Anderson, who graduated from Kentucky with a pharmacy degree, is thrilled that the movie about him based on his new book, “STAMINA,” will be made in Louisville

“The movie will basically explain how I survived and how I didn’t give up,” Anderson said. ”It’s just a blessing to film it here.”

The movie by Warner Brothers will have a casting call in May. Anderson says he’s not sure who will play him in the movie.

“We will find out. I have a couple of people in mind who can act and do things, but we will have to see if they can play (basketball) like me,” Anderson said. “I want someone to play me at the age of 12 and 14 here as a basketball player. We have signed a deal and have some powerful people that want to be involved. I don’t get nervous any more for some reason about the movie. I just do what I do.”

Anderson says wants to “keep control” of the movie but knows he won’t have total say on the finished product.

“I am trying to keep it where it not overly commercialized and they are trying to depict something that is not real. What I went through is enough. Having my sister killed, having a child, being homeless, sleeping in an apartment for three days with no lights and electricity. That doesn’t need to be depicted. That’s reality,” Anderson said.

Anderson believes his book/movie will be more than just a Kentucky story, one that can appeal to basketball fans anywhere as well as others.

“I just think my platform was made for that. Kentucky has been known as a stable of college basketball and that helped me become who I was but now the world sees me as a person,” Anderson said. “I have been able to influence a lot of people. I want to be like (former Louisville heavyweight boxing champion) Muhammad Ali, who was able to influence the world, not just Kentucky where he is from. He influenced the world and that’s what I want to do. I want to help people in other countries as well as the United States.”

Anderson says he will have “quite a few book signings” in Kentucky, but also already has signings scheduled in New York, Los Angeles and Texas.

“I have been asked to come to a lot of places in the last two weeks via Twitter,” Anderson said. “I am doing a whole tour in February. I am going on TV shows that I will let you know later, but there will be a lot of major shows and networks. I am just going to do a lot of speaking all the way from February until November because I want to do all I can to help this really go big.”

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Anderson’s book is scheduled to be in stores Feb. 22, but pre-orders are available at http://derekandersonworks.com.

6 Responses to Derek Anderson glad film will be shot in Louisville and knows his story will impact more than Kentucky

  • Cassius Clay, The Louisville Lip, Champ, Ali, The Greatest…And, ” The MAN Who Change My Life “. Every Young Boy, including myself who grew up in Louisville, Ky in the 60′s and 70′s was molded in one way or many ways By Clay/Ali…WE LOVE YOU Muhammad, Happy Birthday. I actually moved to Miami at the same age as you did………..Well I guess Ali / Clay influenced Ky young men in the 80′s and 90′s. One in particular, Derek Anderson. And The Legend Lives On !

  • LindaS says:

    Ali is my hero. My dad was a vet of WWII, he deliverer milk to Ali before and after he won the gold medal. He never said one bad word about him. After reading Derek’s story, I have another hero. I don’t think Derek is the only one who could write a book, I would like to see several other players write one also. Can’t wait to read the book and look forward to seeing the movie made in Lexington West.

  • John says:

    It will be a challenge to find someone to play Derek Anderson’s part. Who can match his smile?
    One of my favorite UK basketball players.

    • Mike Wilkins says:

      1997…The loss of Derek Anderson and
      His offensive and defensive prowess on
      the court definately cost Pitino, the Cats
      and Big Blue Nation back to back NCAA
      Championships. He was a leader, a sure
      Fire All American and a vocal leader for
      That great team. Looking for to seeing the
      movie.

  • Candace says:

    I realize these comments are almost a year old, but I had the pleasure of hearing you speak on a panel today at my church FBCG and was soooo impressed I had to research you. I was at the MLK celebration with a group of young survivors that I brought to the event not knowing who or what to expect. I life coach these young ladies and they were thrilled with the presentation. Our God is an “on-time” God and as much as I tell them they can be all that they hope to be, it was awesome to hear your story and reinforce that message. Keep on doing what you are doing and uplifting souls. I can’t wait for this movie to come out. God bless you and your family.

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