ESPN’s acclaimed “30 for 30 Shorts” series continues with “A.C. Green: Iron Virgin,” an eight-minute documentary about the basketball player who remained a virgin throughout his entire NBA career. (Considering he was drafted by the Lakers at the height of the ’80s, this is quite the accomplishment.) The short is directed by Isaac Feder, narrated by Will Ferrell and executive produced by Adam McKay, who won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for writing “The Big Short.” Ferrell and McKay previously collaborated on several movies, including “Anchorman” and “Step Brothers.”
A highly religious man, Green was known to carry a Bible around by his teammates, who joked about “corrupting him” and seeing how long he would last before succumbing to temptation. “I’ve never seen a nicer athlete,” the Lakers’ former general manager Jerry West says; once on the court, however, the power forward was a “monster” who played 1,192 consecutive games. Green eventually went on to serve as an abstinence spokesman, even recording a rap song featuring San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson and Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders.
Ferrell’s athletic accomplishments, meanwhile, can be seen in such films as “Talladega Nights,” “Semi-Pro” and “Blades of Glory.” ESPN will air “Iron Virgin” as part of Friday Night Movie Night later this week.