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LeBron James hosts advanced screening of 'Trainwreck' in Akron

LeBron James talks about Cleveland in the new movie, "Trainwreck." (Source: YouTube) LeBron James talks about Cleveland in the new movie, "Trainwreck." (Source: YouTube)
Fans lined the red carpet for a chance to meet the stars. (Source: WOIO) Fans lined the red carpet for a chance to meet the stars. (Source: WOIO)
LeBron James talks to the media before the special screening in Akron. (Source: WOIO) LeBron James talks to the media before the special screening in Akron. (Source: WOIO)
Actor Bill Hader poses for the Ohio paparazzi. (Source: WOIO) Actor Bill Hader poses for the Ohio paparazzi. (Source: WOIO)
Actress/Comedian Amy Schumer signs autographs for the fans outside the theater. (Source: WOIO) Actress/Comedian Amy Schumer signs autographs for the fans outside the theater. (Source: WOIO)
AKRON, OH (WOIO) -

From the basketball court to the big screen. He's already a star on the hard wood, will he take his talents to Hollywood?

Cavs superstar LeBron James hosted an advanced screening of Universal Pictures’ new comedy, Trainwreck, for hundreds of his closest family and friends.

Director/producer Judd Apatow and cast members Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, and Vanessa Bayer joined the party to meet fans and speak to the press at Montrose Stadium 12 in Akron. 

There was so much energy on the red carpet, fans were thrilled to get a glimpse of Hollywood in their own backyard.

"I think he's a guy that's true to his word, that he's going to put Akron on the spot, and this is a good way to start," said said Srdjan Raic, a Cavs fan who waited outside the movie theater. 

Even among all the other stars on the red carpet, James was still the main attraction.

"It's special for our city and that's all that matters. People are having a good time and enjoy moments like this. It's great to get back," said James. 

Director Judd Apatow said the cast was on board when James asked for a screening in his hometown. 

"As soon as we finished the movie, he said, 'Let's do a premiere here.' and I see why. Everyone loves him here!" said Apatow, who is known for comedy movies, including Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall

In the film, James plays a basketball starwhose best friend is a sports physician, played by Hader.

"He's really funny. It's not fair. He was so funny in the movie, that we just had to get out of his way," said Hader.

Schumer wrote the part with James in mind.

"He's amazing. People are going to be so blown away. LeBron is incredible in this movie. He doesn't have to play basketball anymore. I'm going to take him away from all this!" said Schumer.

It was a homecoming, too, for actress Vanessa Bayer, who is from Orange.

"I think I'm the main Clevelander people are here to see, and that's a cool feeling. There's a big poster of some guy over there!" Bayer joked about James. "I think he just invigorates the city and everyone is so excited about him."

Trainwreck pulls into theaters on July 17. 

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