Shaquille O’Neal Channels Jennifer Beals in ‘Flashdance’ for ‘Lip Sync Battle’


He’s a maniac, maniac, on the floor! Shaquille O’Neal channeled Jennifer Beals in 1983’s Flashdance for his appearance on Lip Sync Battle‘s new episode on Thursday, June 2.

As shown in the teaser video released online on Tuesday, May 31, the 7-foot-1 former NBA star certainly looks the part — The wig! The leg warmers! The gray sweatshirt! — as he does his best fancy footwork to “Maniac” by Michael Sembello from the soundtrack of the film about a girl from the wrong side of tracks who dreams of becoming a professional dancer.

Jennifer Beals
Jennifer Beals in ‘Flashdance.’ Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection

Shaq, 44, who’s set to be inducted into the 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame in September, is up against The Talks Aisha Tyler on Thursday’s episode of the hit Spike series. 

Can he top the show’s season 2 MVP Channing Tatum‘s twerktastic “Run the World,” which featured a surprise performance from Queen Bey herself? That remains to be seen.

Lip Sync Battle airs on Spike Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET.

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