andre080225_250.jpg By Ben Williams André Benjamin (a.k.a. André 3000) likes short shorts. Short basketball shorts, that is, the kind players wore back in the seventies, the kind that end perilously high up the thigh, the kind that Kobe Bryant recently said made him feel “violated” after the Lakers played a half in throwback uniforms. Benjamin pulls off the look with some flair in Semi-Pro, the latest sports-themed comedy to roll off Will Ferrell’s assembly line. He plays the inventor of the alley-oop, and “by the time we started filming, the shorts were like a second skin to me,” he says. “It seems like you can cut through the air a little bit better in them.”

Not only is Benjamin unafraid to show a little skin—“If you’re tough, and you don’t give a shit, the seventies were so cool,” he says—he’s also something of a sports-uniform historian. “If you look at old football pictures,” he says, “the jerseys were hanging, the sleeves were dangling, but now everything is tucked and tailored.”

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  • tremaine

    I love the fact that he almost never seems afraid to take risks. I cannot wait to see some handsome men in his wondrous and equally handsome clothing. He has always been a favorite of mine.

  • halima

    I love him! He is an Aquarius! (just like me…so I am totally feeling his vibe) and his style is unlike any other bc he is himself! I cant wait to see men step up and out in his clothing!

  • He really has a style of his own and he looks good in it. I would love to see his clothing line.

  • Kim Benjamin

    We think this is going to be really hot– something the fashion industry has been waiting for.

  • Rhonda

    I absolutely love him and his innovative and eclectic style! he’s my style idol:)! i hope in time he’ll create some women menswear suits as well!!