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Scot Pollard has ties to his character in Willmott's latest feature film "The Profit"

Friday, September 9, 2016

The ProfitFormer Kansas basketball player and ex-NBA star Scot Pollard has been teammates with many people, but now he has teamed up with filmmaker and University film professor Kevin Willmott for a feature film titled "The Profit."

The film will premiere at Liberty Hall at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24. Both Pollard and Willmott will be in attendance to speak with audience members after the screening.

The film, which features Pollard in the lead role, is a drama centered around the trials and tribulations of aging NBA All-Star Joseph "The Profit" Smith. With a year left in the league to leave a final impression on his career, according to the official IMDB page, Smith reconnects with his old college town. In the process, the character revisits his past and has to battle critical moral dilemmas.

"We lift the skirt up on things people don’t really see or hear about," Pollard said. "There now might be a deeper appreciation for what players go through. That you’re constantly a target; that you’re constantly being victimized for this or that."

Smith, a character who Pollard said has several small similarities to himself, is a man "stripped down to his bones" during the duration of the story, and someone who was a challenge to play.

"There are certain parts of this movie that have happened to me in real life and it touches home," Pollard said. "The character is a portion of me." Read more

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