In this exclusive preview from Apple ahead of Friday’s premiere of their documentary series, They Call Me Magic, Earvin “Magic” Johnson reminisces about his infamous pool parties at the height of his fame with the Los Angeles Lakers.
“You know, I was known for my parties,” laughs the NBA legend. “I’ve had the best parties in Hollywood. Everyone wanted to come to the pool parties.”
Michael Cooper, a Lakers guard from 1978-1990, says, “It was fun, it was exciting. If you were a married man you would be in trouble. If you were single, you could get in trouble.”
There were many beautiful women at these parties, but wives and girlfriends were not invited, which angered Johnson’s future wife Cookie so much that she left him. The two eventually got back together and have been married for more than 30 years.
The four-part documentary event, covering Johnson’s time with the Lakers and the impact of his HIV diagnosis, community activism and entrepreneurship, features interviews and first-hand accounts from Johnson, friends, family and teammates including Shaquille O’Neal, Snoop Dogg, Spike Lee, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Arsenio Hall, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”) with cinematographer Rachel Morrison (“Black Panther”), the documentary is produced for Apple by New Slate Ventures, XTR and Delirio Films in association with h.wood Media. The series is executive produced by Jordan Fudge, Jeremy Allen, Bryn Mooser, Christina McLarty Arquette, Rafael Marmor, Christopher Leggett, John Terzian, Brian Toll, Rick Famuyiwa and Christina Francis, and co-executive producers are Zoë Morrison, David Arquette, and Kathryn Everett produced by Andre Cleveland.