“The Last Dance” director Jason Hehir said that both Karl Malone and Bryon Russell did not want to be interviewed for the documentary.
Per CBS Sports, “He declined through another party,” Hehir said. “We asked him multiple times. Believe me, we exhausted just about every avenue. We started in January 2018 on that one because we knew that (Malone) was gonna be a tough sell.”
Hehir was able to get former Jazz point guard John Stockton to sit down for interviews to be featured in the documentary series, but even he had to be sold on the idea. The crew ended up interviewing Stockton on March 10, right before the coronavirus outbreak spread throughout the United States.
“I finally got (Stockton) on the phone after like two years of chasing him,” Hehir said. “(Stockton) said, ‘I don’t want to be a part of a Michael Jordan puff piece.’”
Along with Malone, Hehir also wanted to interview Bryon Russell for “The Last Dance.” He never responded to an interview request.