Jay Bilas Movie Trailer

Going Hollywood — and beyond

Before becoming an ESPN analyst and social-media activist, Jay Bilas — profiled in Business North Carolina’s revamped NCtrend section in February — was Azeck, “the good alien,” in a sci-fi flick.

The February issue of Business North Carolina takes readers inside Jay Bilas’ Twitter campaign against the NCAA and its refusal to let athletes get paid. But during the course of our reporting, we discovered that the Duke grad and college-basketball analyst was a man of many parts — well, at least three. While playing pro basketball in Europe in the late 1980s, Bilas spent offseasons in his hometown near Los Angeles. A friend who worked for the Los Angeles Lakers told him Minolta camera needed a 6’8” white guy for a commercial it was shooting. “I thought I had the inside track. I get to the audition, there are 60 guys there who look just like me.” But he got the role — he gets dunked on by a child in the spot — and later one in a Budweiser ad. He eventually auditioned for a movie starring Dolph Lundgren, a Swede most famous for playing a Russian in Rocky IV. “I went down, read and was dismissed. They were like ‘bye.’ I thought, ‘What a waste of time.’ I got a call back and was again summarily dismissed.” But producers gave him the part, telling him, “‘Congratulations, you’re the good alien.’ I didn’t know what the movie was about.” According to Wikipedia, I Come in Peace is about a Houston cop’s pursuit of an alien drug trafficker. Bilas played Azeck, an extraterrestrial police officer. But why take our word for it? Here’s the trailer. (Look for Azeck/Bilas in the back seat of a car.)