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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.