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Bill Hader: I went bonkers for basketball!

Published 18/06/2015

Bill Hader
Bill Hader

Bill Hader developed a strange fascination when he was on a "trippy" steroid.

The actor appears alongside basketball star LeBron James in his new movie Trainwreck, but in real life he has no interest in sport at all. He's been that way since he was a child, save for a strange period when he was on strong medication due to an infection.

"I was into sports once for a brief period of time. I had a weird infection for a while and I had to be on prednisone... it is trippy," he explained to US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. "It's a steroid and while I was on prednisone I got really into sports. Like I got really into basketball, my wife was like, 'What is happening?' I was going, 'We gotta get the NBA... channel...' I still don't even know [what that is]! And I bought season tickets to the [basketball team] Oklahoma City Thunder... I went bonkers. I bought all this stuff and then I went off prednisone and I was like, 'What is all this OKC sh*t doing in my house? What happened?'"

Although many men don't understand why Bill isn't more interested in athletic pursuits, it actually helped him when he was shooting Trainwreck. While some of the other cast and crew were in awe of LeBron, Bill was able to get on with the job.

"In the film we're best friends and I have to be real with him and treat him bad and I was... like every guy on set [even] the boom guy was shaking, like, 'Oh my God, I'm so close!' And, you know, I didn't care. At all," he giggled.

One guy who would like Bill to put in a little more effort when it comes to sport is his father. He tried valiantly to pique some interest in his son during his early years, but it didn't work.

"I grew up in Oklahoma and he gave me an [American football team] OSU blanket and I had no idea what it meant. I thought OSU was some clothing line, I was like, 'Where's the OSU store?' 'Son, it's a university,'" he laughed.

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