LeBron's farewell speech from 'Space Jam 2' set leaks

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Audio has surfaced of the speech LeBron James delivered to the "Space Jam: A New Legacy" crew as they wrapped up shooting for the film.

In the clip, shared by TMZ Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers star explains why he couldn't pass up doing the movie.

"I'm gonna be honest completely with you guys - when I found out about the project, I was like, it's 'Space Jam.' It's a movie that I grew up watching," he said. "People in the movie that I idolize. I was like absolutely, I gotta do it. There's no way I can turn down 'Space Jam.'"

James added that he was "super stoked" about the film before turning more serious.

"I'm just a small kid from Akron, Ohio - a very small town outside of Cleveland - from a single-parent household," he said. "I'm the only child, my mother had absolutely nothing. She was walking around high school when she was 16 years old and she was pregnant with me as a high school sophomore. So I'm really not supposed to be here."

"Growing up in the inner city, as an African-American kid, there's no way you're supposed to fucking make it out. And, the fact that I'm who I am as an African-American adult now with three kids of my own, and I made it out of the situations that I was in. This shit is like extra credit for me man."

James will star in and produce "Space Jam: A New Legacy," the sequel to the 1996 classic "Space Jam." The film is slated to hit theaters in July 2021.

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