After episodes 1 and 2 of The Last Dance premiered on Sunday, people around the world were wondering why former president Barack Obama is referred to as “former Chicago resident” in the docuseries.
The director of the docuseries, Jason Hehir, has the answer for fans, via EW.com:
In an interview, director Jason Hehir emphasized that he wanted each subject to have an “organic connection” to Jordan and his story, as opposed to simply including “as many famous people … as possible.” Given that Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls, the doc's creators chose to highlight Obama's relationship to the city rather than his later accomplishments.
Episodes 1 and 2 of the docuseries were excellent. Fans can't wait for next Sunday when episodes 2 and 3 come out.
Also in his interview with EW, Hehir discussed why this was the perfect time to drop the docuseries. To recall, all major sports leagues have been suspended due to COVID-19.
The Last Dance was supposed to come out in June but ESPN decided to release it early due to COVID-19:
“It's entertainment and an escape and diversion from people's everyday stresses, and now people's everyday stresses have been exponentially increased, given the situation that the entire world is going through together,” Hehir said.
“So the opportunity to give people even a small respite in this horrible time is certainly something that all of us are grateful for and feel a responsibility for.”
Moving forward with the docuseries, expect to see more of Obama and Bill Clinton, who is referred to as “former Arkansas governor” instead of “former president.”
Bulls superstar Scottie Pippen played his high school basketball in Arkansas while Clinton was governor.