Behind the scenes, his teammates have had front-row seats to a different kind of performance. Prior to games, Gortat channels his inner Gerard Butler and screams lines from the movie 300, according to The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg.
Here's the exchange between Steinberg and Washington's modern Leonidas:
"Do you say something from 300 before games sometimes?" I asked Gortat.
"Hell yes," Gortat responded.
"What do you say?" I asked.
"PREPARE. FOR. GLORY!" Gortat responded, in a very theatrical and loud voice.
"Before a game?" I asked.
"Always," Gortat said."When we’re running out, I’ll say from 300 'This is Sparta!' or 'Prepare for glory!' [or] 'Give them nothing but take everything!'"
What do you call a Wizard who's also a warrior? Any LARPers out there? Because whatever that character is called, that's Gortat.
He appears to be something of a connoisseur of action, as Steinberg relates that he also quotes Gladiator, Bad Boys 2 and Training Day. Wizards guard Garrett Temple shared a story on that last one:
The part in Training Day where Denzel says—excuse my language here, I’m quoting a movie—‘King Kong ain’t got [nothing] on me.’ Marc, he kind of messed it up. He said ‘King Kong ain’t [nothinged] on me.’ So we clown him about that now, and so he jokes about it now. Now he says ‘King Kong just [nothinged] on y’all.’ Marc is a character, man.
The funny streak could have something to do with movies, too. He likes his fair share of comedy as well, and even thinks Zach Galifianakis should play him in a movie called The Polish Gazelle. Fast-forward to the 1:59 mark of the video to hear Gortat's thoughts:
You better believe I'd be there on opening night for that or any movie this film buff may be in at some point.
In the meantime, Gortat's Wizards are still fighting for an NBA championship. And the 6'11" Wizard/warrior, Polish Gazelle, whatever you want to call him, has at least four more chances to use his unique motivational tactics.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.