Kobe Bryant fans can thank the basketballer’s torn Achilles tendon for his revealing new Showtime documentary, “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” directed Gotham Chopra.
At the film’s premiere last Thursday in West Hollywood, 36-year-old Bryant revealed he wouldn’t have had time to make “Muse” had it not been for his Achilles injury, which sidelined him for the majority of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2013 season.
“Just by default, the injury happened … and I said, ‘Let’s go for it,'” Bryant told the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. “Honestly, the Achilles injury gave me a lot of time to work on it.”
While “Muse” features a fair share of Bryant highlight reels, the film also offers an interesting look at the NBA’s hardest worker, who said in a recent interview that his obsession with perfection prevents him from having any real friends.
“I don’t have friends. I have ‘like minds,'” Bryant told GQ. “You know, I’ve been fortunate to play in Los Angeles, where there are a lot of people like me. Actors. Musicians. Businessmen. Obsessives. People who feel like God put them on earth to do whatever it is that they do. Now, do we have time to build great relationships? Do we have time to build great friendships? No. Do we have time to socialize and to hangout aimlessly? No. Do we want to do that? No. We want to work. I enjoy working.”
He added, “And the people who are my friends understand this, and they’re usually the same way. You gravitate toward people who are like you. But the kind of relationships you see in movies-that’s impossible for me. I have good relationships with players around the league. LeBron and I will text every now and then. KG and I will text every now and then. But in terms of having one of those great, bonding friendships—that’s something I will probably never have.”