Exclusive ‘Stephen Curry: Underrated’ Interview – Why Steph Curry is the Perfect Subject and How the Title Came to Be

'Stephen Curry: Underrated' producers talk to magic of Steph and his underappreciation by many
Stephen Curry: Underrated

The AppleTV+ Original documentary Stephen Curry: Underrated is a compelling exploration of the life and career of one of basketball’s most celebrated players. This documentary provides an intimate look into Curry’s journey, from his early days as an overlooked college athlete to his meteoric rise as a two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion.

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The title “Underrated” aptly encapsulates Curry’s narrative, as he consistently surpassed expectations and defied the odds to become one of the most influential figures in the sport. Choosing the right athlete and title for a documentary is crucial as it sets the tone for the narrative. In this case, Curry’s story of perseverance and his underdog status, combined with his undeniable talent and impact on the game, make him an ideal subject for a documentary. The title “Underrated” perfectly encapsulates his journey, making it a compelling watch for sports enthusiasts and casual viewers alike.

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Yeah, Underrated is really Stephen’s mantra, and I think that’s why the title was kind of selected. Stephen has been underrated and still kind of considers himself underrated, which is a little insane to say, but that’s just his attitude, you know? That’s the way he walks through life. So that’s why the title fits.”

-Erick Peyton, Producer of ‘Stephen Curry: Underrated’-

“I think our filmmaker, Pete, if he were here, he couldn’t be here for a family issue, but if he were here, what he would say is he sees the story as an extension of what he’s exploring as a filmmaker, which is this idea of community and its impact on places and on individuals. He did a trilogy of films about Oakland, one about a hospital, one about the police force, another one about a high school senior class that came of age during COVID.

And he saw this film, the story of Oakland’s son that’s done us most proud in many ways, an adopted son of sorts, Steph. And when you look at his story, community had an amazing impact on him, not just his family, which was huge with his father playing in the NBA, but the community of Davison and in the community of Oakland after that, the Warriors, the Dub Nation, as we call it, kind of helping to push him to higher heights.

He’s not underrated with Warriors fans, you know what I’m saying? We know his value and he taps into that. That’s why he shoots and turns to the crowd and would pump us up at work, but now does it at Chase. So I think the film in many ways is about somebody who’s underrated, but it’s also about the people who don’t underrate the person, about the people who speak value into the person, who see it, and what that can do for someone.”

-Ryan Coogler, Producer of ‘Stephen Curry: Underrated’-

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Coogler’s tidbit about the crowds fully believing in what most deemed ‘Underrated’ really embodies the magic of the documentary. There is something about knowing something and being proven right, that’s really impactful, reassuring, and gratifying. While it’s hard to imagine Curry as ‘Underrated’ now, it’s crazy how some would still dare call him that, especially after watching this documentary.

Stephen Curry: Underrated is now streaming on AppleTV+.

About Stephen Curry: Underrated

Stephen Curry: Underrated

Release Date: July 21, 2023, exclusively on AppleTV+
Director: Peter Nicks
Producers: Peter Nicks, Ryan Coogler, Sean Havey, Erick Peyton, Marissa Torres, Ericson, Ben Cotner
Exec. Producers: Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Emily Osborne

“Stephen Curry: Underrated” is the remarkable coming-of-age story of one of the most influential, dynamic and unexpected players in the history of basketball. This feature documentary — blending intimate cinéma vérité, archival footage and on camera interviews — documents Curry’s rise from an undersized college player at a small town Division I college to a four-time NBA champion, building one of the most dominant sports dynasties in the world.

“Stephen Curry: Underrated” is directed by Peter Nicks. The film is produced by Peter Nicks and Ryan Coogler through Proximity Media, Erick Peyton through Curry’s Unanimous Media and Sean Havey, Ben Cotner and Marissa Torres Ericson. Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler and Emily Osborne are executive producing.

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Kevin Fenix

Kevin Fenix

Professional Nerd | Amateur Human | Creative/Content Director The best way to describe Kevin Fenix is the kid you never tell what the buttons do in video games so you have a chance to win. Being 6’ 4” and Asian, he never really fit in, so he got comfortable standing out. Not only is it easy to find him in crowds, he dabbles in the culinary arts, does a little stand up and improv, and can honestly say Spider-Man is the Jesus-like influence of his life. Kevin Fenix loves dogs, movies, television, comics, comedy, and to shoot people… with video.