“I almost feel it should appear during a game, you know?” Rousteing says. “I think it would be nice if, when the game starts, there would be a video where you explain the dream coming true.”“We can give you some thoughts for sure,” Petrick says. “Maybe you see a kid 20 years ago, sketching that shoe on the corner of his table in the classroom, just dreaming of being a basketball player,” he says all of a sudden, starting slowly. “He’s dreaming he’ll get over all the struggle that he had in his life as a kid and as an adolescent. One day he wakes up being one of the most successful basketball players in the world talking to the kid that he was and saying, Look, you started to sketch that shoe as a simple kid dreaming of being a basketball player”—he’s speaking quickly now, as if in a trance—“and now he’s one of these guys who is superstrong and that we all love, an idol, and has that shoe on his feet and starts to win, and you see the applause of people around him, and he’s so loved and admired.” He pauses to catch his breath, then adds, “You know: Sketch your life, sketch your dream.”
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Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.comFor most of Rousteing’s life, both he and his adoptive parents believed that he was biracial. In Wonder Boy, he learns during his search for his adoption file that both his parents were Black Africans, his mother from Djibouti and his father from Ethiopia. He’d always assumed that they had a relationship, but the truth, he finds, is more disturbing. At the time of his conception, his father was 25, his mother 14. She noted no relationship between them in the papers filed at his birth—a cesarean delivery because, it’s thought, her hips were too narrow to bear him. When Rousteing learns this information, he begins to sob uncontrollably before the documentarian’s camera. “C’est atroce,” he says: atrocious, horrible. He’d hoped that they were two adults in love.