Director Jason Hehir said the former Bulls player originally only promised a 10-minute interview for the whole docuseries

By Claudia Harmata
May 18, 2020 02:44 PM
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Dennis Rodman didn't give The Last Dance director Jason Hehir an easy time when interviewing for the ESPN docuseries.

While appearing on ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby last month, Hehir joked that interviewing the former Chicago Bulls power forward was like interviewing a "feral cat."

"He's not looking in the same place, he's got those big shades on, every other sentence was going back to Kim Jong Un and how he's going to be in history books," the director joked.

Hehir, 43, also admitted that he and the makers behind the docuseries "chased" Rodman for "months and months" before getting him to agree to an interview for The Last Dance.

When they finally got ahold of him, Hehir said Rodman, 59, showed up two hours late only to tell them that he would only give them a 10-minute interview.

"We're at the London West Hollywood [hotel] and he shows up two hours late, and I'm in the lobby and my a-- is hurting because I've been sitting on the same bench for two hours waiting for this guy," Hehir said. "He gets out of the car, walks over — I felt like a ghost he walked straight past me."

"He said, 'What's this for again?' We were in the elevator," the screenwriter recalled. "And I was like, 'It's a 10-hour documentary about your Bulls team.' "

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“He’s like, ‘10 hours [for this documentary], huh?’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He’s like, ‘Alright, I’ll give you 10 minutes,’ ” Hehir continued. “Every page of questions I have [for him to answer] is an hour. I have 11 pages for this guy and he’s saying 10 minutes."

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Hehir said Rodman put in two requests — a specific sandwich and some tea — which the director joked was probably a test.

"So he sits down. I’m just kind of shooting the s– with him, and he says, ‘I need a tuna sub from Subway and some chamomile tea,' " Hehir recalled with a laugh. "It was like [Dave] Chappelle sending the guys for a sugar cookie in Queens. Unless you pass this test, you cannot do this interview. So we got him the tuna sub, we got him the chamomile tea, and he sat down for three hours. But that is a difficult guy to interview."

Rodman plays a big part in the popular docuseries, which aired it's last two episodes on Sunday and follows the Chicago Bulls during their 1997-1998 season. The Last Dance offers an intimate look at Michael Jordan and other key players on the team during that year, with one episode focusing on Rodman himself.

Fans can watch the docuseries on ESPN.com or the ESPN app. The Last Dance will also be available for streaming on Netflix starting July 19.