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Marcus Lemonis to co-star in movie about Jeff Bezos

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Camping World and Good Sam Club CEO Marcus Lemonis has taken a break from his role as a corporate leader to star in a new movie “Bezos”, which documents Jeff Bezos’ founding days of Amazon and is the first movie made about Amazon’s beginnings. It’s Lemonis’ debut role in a motion picture.

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The movie is produced by Alberto de la Cruz and Armando Gutierrez from Spanglish Media, starring Marcus Lemonis, star of the hit CNBC Series “The Profit”, and tech entrepreneur. Lemonis plays the role of David Shaw, the hedge fund manager and boss of Jeff Bezos before he quit his job to launch Amazon.

“This is the never-been-told story on screen of how Jeff Bezos and Amazon got its start, and its founder’s relentless pursuit of excellence,” said Lemonis. “As a lifelong investor and entrepreneur, I can identify with Bezos’ journey and relentless pursuit of excellence to revolutionize commerce, and we look forward to sharing this movie with audiences worldwide.”

Jeff Bezos is played by Armando Gutierrez, the well-known producer and star of the hit movies “The Little Mermaid”, “Walt Before Mickey”, “Anastasia”, and other notable titles. Jeff Bezos’ conflicted first employee, Shel Kaphan, is played by Nick Friedman, best known for various reality TV appearances, including the first episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank” and, most recently, “Undercover Boss”.

Based on a book

The film is based on the young readers’ book “Zero to Hero“, the story of Jeff Bezos by Tashena Ebanks. The story follows Bezos, a 31-year-old hedge fund manager, who quits his job and borrows money from his dad to move himself and his wife, Mackenzie, across the country to launch his dream of creating the world’s largest online bookstore. In a dilapidated garage and with two hard-working techies, Bezos struggles to attract investors and finds himself challenged by the CEO of the largest retail bookstore, Barnes & Noble.

“When I read the script, I had to make this movie,” added Gutierrez. “After creating the biopic about Walt Disney, I felt compelled to continue creating movies about entrepreneurial stories that inspire and inform. Jeff Bezos is the richest man globally, so naturally, people are drawn to knowing the nitty-gritty behind his success. The humble beginnings of operating out of a garage to creating that first step of launching a website is a story that hasn’t been told on-screen.”

Other notable actors appearing in the movie include Grammy-Award Winner Emilio Estefan as Bezos’ Dad Miguel Bezos; Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules: The Legendary Adventures”) as Leonard Reggio, the Bezos antagonist / CEO of Barnes & Noble; Jevon White (“Thunder Force” and “Startup”) as Nico Lovejoy, the remaining original employee of Amazon; Alex Mitchell (“An American Murder Mystery”) as Mackenzie; and Sasha Andreev (“Phasma Ex Machina”) as Amazon’s second employee, Paul Davis.

The movie has not yet signed with a streaming platform, but the producers are anticipating strong interest from digital platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, among others.

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California Travel Videos
4 months ago

Chuck, thank you for the early “heads up” on Mr Lemonis opportunity to portray Jeff Bezos playing the visionary on up to the leader of Amazon. Like our former President, Marcus Lemonis has been fascinated to leverage media to reach a huge target audience and increase brand awareness of his target audience. I find it amazing that on one hand Marcus’ Camping World entity stands by the slogan, “If you’re not happy, I’m not happy,” while googling reviews for the company yields very sobering opinions by a large constituency.
No doubt, Mr Bezos raving customers (great prices and service) while Mr Lemonis tremendous growth has been at a significant cost. Like it or not, we should be aware that profit-focused entrepreneurs align their results favoring shareholder value. Yet success comes at a cost. Why else would astute CEOs invest their time and talents to develop acting skills? Let’s not forget how a hotel mogul leveraged “The Apprentice” to bolster unbelievable mind share.

Ron Langlois
4 months ago

Looking forward to this movie it is history about how he started his company.I suppose these people are against Bezos are against Steve Jobs who started Apple communications or other famous entrepreneurs just a bunch of people who eat nothing but sour grapes bring on the movie then we will decide thanks Chuck !!!!

Brian Burry
4 months ago

Lemonis is not a man of his word, too many complaints registered show his business ethics are limited.

L Beal
4 months ago

Here’s another movie I won’t waste my precious time watching!

Mike
4 months ago

Boy…ya know what they always say, opinions are like a- holes and everyone has one… Ouch,,,

Tony Barthel(@tony)
4 months ago

Lemonis keeps trying and trying and trying to be the cool kid but, really nobody likes him. Have a TV show, rip off buyers unmercifully with his RV dealers, try to be a film star and associate yourself with cool people.

Nope. Just the ******* kid whose head we all want to put in the toilet during recess. Sorry, Marcus, the harder you try you’re still not cool and nobody likes you.

Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  Tony Barthel

How does he rip off people who buy his RVs…did he put a gun to their heads …did he threaten them if they didn’t buy…what the heck are you blabbering about?

Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  Tony Barthel

Lemonis can buy n sell you a million times over …he’s a self made man …he didn’t come from money …whatever he’s achieved in life was done by working 15 hour days n being a shrewd investor …you should stop concerning yourself over another man’s success n work harder to achieve your own

MattD
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob

WOW someone here likes Lemonis…heh!

MrDisaster
4 months ago

Whew! I was momentarily worried that Marcus was going to play the part of Bezos. Nope he’s just playing the same part as an investor. It might be an interesting movie.

Gary
4 months ago

Sorry, not going watch a movie about a guy I don’t like co-starring another guy I don’t like.
I don’t even find it interesting.

Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  Gary

Ah…the politics of envy are strong with you sir

Lenny Yeglic
4 months ago

Enjoyed your magazine until you published a Marcus Lemonis article. His company Camping World can care less about people that buy from them. Would rather watch a cartoon.

Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

Too many jealous commenters on this site …they envy everybody who has great success and even more wealth ..plus they don’t like the politics of these mega rich entrepreneurs…
it’s why they’ll stay broke

Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  Lenny Yeglic

It’s COULDNT care less not CAN care less because if you CAN care less you would

MattD
4 months ago

….yawn….

Bob
4 months ago

No matter how many films Lemonis ‘stars’ in, he will never be in the same rank as Gates, Bezos, Musk, Henry Ford, Bell or any of the other real entrepreneurs. What has he done to help anyone but himself?
Does anyone think his name will go down in history? Not likely. Though there were some that were considered tyrants, Carnegie, Dupont, Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and the others at the turn of the 19th century, they are the ones that turned America into a thriving world power.

TexasScout
4 months ago

I concur with the first comment. Just another “film” to ignore.

friz
4 months ago

Visionary, entrepreneur. Crap politics.

TexasScout
4 months ago
Reply to  friz

As an “axiom” I have found that very talented people are defective in some other aspect of their personality. A woman I know is one of the most talented piano players I have ever seen, however, she is viciously jealous of ANY woman that approaches her husband who has never ever given her a reason to be suspicious.

Cliff Chambliss
4 months ago

By your works you will be known. There is absolutely no way on this good green earth I would spend one penny or one second watching this movie/trailer

Vickie L McClellan Benson
4 months ago

I completely agree. I have no use for either Lemonis or Bezos.

Debbie
4 months ago

You’re not alone!

Bob
4 months ago

Jealous much

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