NBA star Nash introduces film on his Canadian hero

Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:49pm EDT
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By Ka Yan Ng

TORONTO (Reuters) - Steve Nash, a master director on the basketball courts of the National Basketball Association, could have a second career in the making as one behind the camera.

A point guard with the NBA's Phoenix Suns and two-time league most valuable player, Nash ventured into film to tell the story of Terry Fox, a cancer sufferer who inspired Nash and others with his attempt to run across Canada in 1980, despite an amputated leg, to raise funds for cancer research.

"Into the Wind", which was met with a standing ovation and few dry eyes in its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, follows Fox, then 22, as he ran a marathon's distance a day after he had his right leg amputated six inches above the knee.

An artificial limb made of steel and fiberglass was attached to the stump.

Interviews with family and friends and television footage, are interspersed with narrated entries from Fox's journals.

The film, produced by U.S. sports broadcaster ESPN, is intended to bring a new generation of Americans to Fox's story.

"The opportunity to tell it to a relatively new audience was very powerful," Nash said after the screening.

"Most of all, for me, it would just be great if the film can help Terry inspire people like he inspired me," he said. Nash was six years old and growing up in Canada at the time of Fox's "Marathon of Hope."   Continued...