As an NBA All-Star, Dwayne Wade’s career on the basketball court as well as his off-court personal life provide a lot of fodder for his new documentary film, “D. Wade: Life Unexpected.” Wade’s victories, as well as his setbacks and other challenges, are featured in the film, directed and executive-produced by cinematographer Bob Metelus, who is also Wade’s friend.
In the vein of transparency to which Wade already self-professes to follow in his life, he provided tons of personal footage from home movies and personal video diaries, among other sources. Wade addressed a question from a BET interview that asked about the inclusion of a scene where he is shedding tears. BET wondered if Wade included that imagery to counter the perception that black men don’t show their emotions often enough. Wade replied by saying that “vulnerability is sexy” because it is authentic, and he does not feel compelled to live up to a perceived “macho dream.”
“D. Wade: Life Unexpected” airs Sunday, February 23, at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. In addition to Wade’s friend, director, and cinematographer, Metelus, the documentary has a roster of entertainment pros behind it. Producers include Imagine Documentaries’ President Justin Wilkes and EVP Sara Bernstein, Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and Sam Pollard, Emmy winning and Academy-Award nominated producer.