Rockets Star's Pixar Love

When it comes to movies, Rockets star Dwight Howard is a real shark

When it comes to movies, Rockets star Dwight Howard is a real shark

Dwight Howard at screening of Inside Out
Dwight Howard passes out popcorn before a screening of the new Pixar film, Inside Out. Photo courtesy of Fandango
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Dwight Howard has express a whole lotta love for the 2003 Pixar film, Finding Nemo. Courtesy photo
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Dwight Howard, Fandango and Relativity Sports screened the new Pixar film, Inside Out, Sunday in Richmond. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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Dwight Howard has also recently given high praise to the Sundance Film Festival hit, Dope. Sundance.org
Dwight Howard at screening of Inside Out
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Scene from Inside Out
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Seems like Dwight Howard is a big movie fan — particularly when it comes to Pixar films.

The Houston Rockets center joined Fandango and Relativity Sports to host a screening of the animated smash, Inside Out, for children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston at Santikos Palladium theaters in Richmond on Sunday afternoon.

Howard mingled with fans, passed out popcorn before the movie began and seemed excited to get lost in the movies after the Rockets season came to an abrupt end in the NBA Western Conference finals last month.

"When you don't win you get grumpy. I don't want to be a grumpy old man, so think these movies really mellow me out," he said.

He also harbors film ambitions, with hopes of one day being a voice in a Pixar film. "I'm a big kid trapped in a big man's body," said Howard, who towers nearly 7 feet tall. "You only have one life. You have to live it to the fullest."

He currently guest stars in Fandango’s original video series, “I Love Movies,” explaining his love for another Pixar film, Finding Nemo, which he says has seen more than 200 times since it was released in 2003.

In the first episode of the Fandango web series, Howard explains how he relates to the father-son relationship in Nemo, finding parallels to his own dealings with his dad, and does a great Bruce the Shark impersonation.

On Twitter, Howard recently also gave props to the new movie, Dope, an independent film in theaters now that was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Watch Dwight Howard express his Nemo love: