Kevin Durant goes from gold medal to red carpet

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant is going from representing the red, white and blue to walking the red carpet.

Adding to a resume that already includes being a three-time NBA scoring champion and Olympic gold medalist, Durant was the star as his movie “Thunderstruck” premiered in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district Sunday night. It opens in other theaters Friday.

Durant was getting his first chance to see the completed project, which was shot in Louisiana during the NBA lockout last year and then during the season in Oklahoma City in January.

It also features Nickelodeon star Taylor Gray, Brandon T. Jackson from “Big Momma’s House” and Jim Belushi. Gray plays a Thunder fan whose lack of basketball ability is magically switched with Durant’s All-Star skill set.

“I’m just blessed. I’m just blessed to be alive, first of all. Blessed to be here, to have this opportunity,” Durant said.

The family comedy follows in the footsteps of other movies with NBA superstars as the headliners, including “Space Jam” starring Michael Jordan and “Kazaam” with Shaquille O’Neal.

“When a guy goes over and hugs his mom after the game, that’s a guy that people are going to like and that’s what you need in a movie,” director John Whitesell said. “You need a guy, a star, who people are going to want to relate to or are going to care about.

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