‘Giannis and his family nailed their lines and gave their characters a sense of authority’: When Bucks superstar starred in Aussie movie ‘Dead Europe’ before NBA


Giannis and his family members once appeared in an Australian movie named “Dead Europe” when he was just 16 years old.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most recognizable NBA superstars we have in the game today. He’s the reigning Finals MVP and has garnered almost every accolade the NBA has to offer. From “Most Improved Player” to “Most Valuable Player”, the “Greek Freak” did it all, before turning 27.

Of course, such success in the NBA also comes with several brand endorsements and deals. This includes a recent deal with WhatsApp as well as many others such as 2K Sports, Tissot and Nike. It also wouldn’t be surprising to see Giannis on the big screen.

LeBron James starred in Space Jam 2 and a comedy alongside Bill Hader, Kevin Durant used his talents for “Thunderstruck”, Ray Allen played the iconic “Jesus Shuttlesworth”, and many more.

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However, back to the previous statement about how the Bucks legend could star in a movie anytime now; it’s already arrived. Surprisingly, this happened long before he reached the NBA.

Giannis starred in Australian film as a teenager.

Giannis and his brothers, along with their parents, grew up in Greece for most of the former’s childhood. Their financial struggles have been well-documented over the years and are extensively covered in Mirin Fader’s excellent biography of her life.

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So the reason why Giannis decided to do a movie role is understandable because he and his mother, Veronica, did it to earn some extra money. The name of the movie is “Dead Europe” and was released in 2012.

Director Tony Krawitz said: “We were hoping to choose a family that could play refugees while seeming normal and open. They nailed their lines and gave their characters a sense of authority.

Even Kendrick Perkins reacted to this and said Giannis was born to be a star.


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