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John C. Reilly is unrecognizable playing Lakers owner Jerry Buss

John C. Reilly looked unrecognizable while transforming into Lakers owner Jerry Buss for the upcoming HBO series Showtime.

The Chicago star, 56, ditched his curly locks for a smooth, backswept blonde look and a handlebar mustache.

Looking like a blast from the past, John had on 80s-chic aviator sunglasses and wore a royal purple shirt unbuttoned to reveal his hairy chest and a gold chain. 

In character: John C. Reilly looked unrecognizable while in character as late Lakers owner Jerry Buss during shoots for the HBO series Showtime in Los Angeles on Wednesday

Dynamic duo: He was joined by fellow star Jason Segel as they stood atop a rooftop to celebrate the 1980 NBA Championship win

Also on set was Jason Segal, who will play coach Paul Westhead in the Adam McKay-produced series. (The Bombshell filmmaker will also direct the pilot.)

He looked sporty in a yellow Lakers tee shirt over a collared shirt and grey slacks while keeping his hair in a shaggy, retro style.

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It looked like a celebratory moment for the cast, who all wore ‘Los Angeles Lakers World Champions 1980’ shirts while wielding their 1980 championship trophy during the scene.

In addition to Reilly and Segel, Quincy Isaiah appeared as Magic Johnson and Solomon Hughes was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Quite the transformation: John looked much different than his normal look as he is seen in New York back in July 2008 (right)

Retro: Looking like a blast from the past, John had on 80s-chic aviator sunglasses and wore a royal purple shirt unbuttoned to reveal his hairy chest and a gold chain

Real life guy: Also on set was Jason Segal, who will play coach Paul Westhead in the Adam McKay-produced series

Going for the gold: It looked like a celebratory moment for the cast, who all wore ‘Los Angeles Lakers World Champions 1980’ shirts while wielding their 1980 championship trophy during the scene

Cap: Solomon Hughes was seen triumphantly lifting his arms in the air as he is playing one of the greatest NBA players of all-time in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Epic: Owner Jerry proudly carried the Larry O’Brien trophy as the players cheered along

Showtime has been in development for https://maclarizle.com/ several years, first starting shoots in October 2019 before temporarily shelving the project.

Buss owned the Lakers during their ‘Showtime’ era from the late 70s to the early 90s, when the team dominated the NBA with the talents of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  

When Buss – a self-made millionaire, notorious playboy and sometime pro-poker player – bought the team in 1979 he brought his high-risk, high-reward style to the franchise, insisting the Lakers bring entertainment to the court.

Bond: Westhead was seen hugging Abdul-Jabbar during the celebration

Greatest franchise of all-time: The entire roster put their hands in the air as they celebrated the hard earned win

Silk: Jimel Atkins was seen on set as he plays small forward and future Hall of Famer Jamaal Wilkes

Squad: Two actors were seen arriving on set as they portray role players Brad Holland (left) and Don Ford (right)

The Lakers ended up winning the championships in 80, ’82, ’85, ’87, and again in ’88.

Light reading: The Showtime mini-series is based on Jeff Pearlman’s 2014 book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s 

He also introduced elements like the Lakers Girls dancers and live music to the games at the Inglewood, California Forum.

The updates quickly earned the team a celebrity following, packing courtside

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