Retired basketball star Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay player in the NBA in 2013, made a stop at Variety’s Sundance party on Sunday night. The event at Stella Artois Café was in honor of “I Am Michael,” the drama starring James Franco as a gay rights activist who denounces his homosexuality.
Variety asked Collins to walk through — and grade — his favorite Sundance moments.
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” Screening
“I saw that earlier today, and I loved it. I’m not a crier, but there’s absolutely a sad element. I don’t want to give too much away, but in the title, it says there’s a dying girl. They did a great job.”
“The End of the Tour” Screening
“Jason Segel and I went to high school together, and we were high school basketball teammates. This is the best acting he’s ever done in his life. I’m so proud of him.”
Iggy Azalea Concert
“I’m a huge fan of hers. She did all her hits, and a few other ones. If I had to pick my favorite Iggy Azalea song, it would be ‘Black Widow.’”
Grade: “A. Gosh, I’m an easy grader. Everyone gets an A.”
“Sleeping With Other People” After-Party
“Over a year ago, I took a trip to Cancun, and I made friends with an actress who was there with a group of people and the director Leslye Headland was there. I remember her telling us about the movie on the beach, and here it is at Sundance. I want to congratulate her. We tried to see it, but we couldn’t get in. The ticketing situation is so hard. I can get into basketball games, but to see some of these movies, it’s tough.”