This might be the most fun I’ve ever had with a 30 Questions topic.
For those who haven’t heard, the book “When the Game Stands Tall” by former Contra Costa Times columnist Neil Hayes is being turned into a movie. The tale of De La Salle’s football team will be directed by Thomas Carter, who directed “Coach Carter”.
So, who ya got acting in the movie???
First, a disclaimer. I got this idea from our friends over at SportStars Magazine, who covered it in depth in their last issue. I laughed pretty hard at the breakdown they gave.
So, I got to thinking. Who should be in this flick? First of all, I’m locking up Liam Neeson for Bob Ladouceur. Neeson is in everything these days, and I think he’s got the range to play the head guy. I think this one’s a slam dunk.
Next, and perhaps most importantly, who plays defensive coordinator Terry Eidson? I’ve seen some message board chatter that has everyone from Jack Black to Al Pacino in the role. So, I thought, who could do any sort of role you asked and serve the role with the right, shall we say, intensity?
It’s a no-brainer (and I stole this idea from a friend as well): Christopher Walken. Could you imagine him on the sideline? I know, they look nothing alike. It’s Hollywood. Walken’s abilities transcend looks. I NEED MORE COWBELL.
OK, so we need to cast a few other key roles. Here we go:
Maurice Jones-Drew played by… Maurice Jones-Drew: I don’t know if MJD has any acting chops, but the dude has some time on his hands. What better way to spend it than portraying himself on the big screen? We’ll get him a stunt double to keep him fresh for the upcoming season.
Dan Shaughnessy played by Robert Duvall: Coach of Salesian at the time, you’d have to cast Shag as the opposing coach, I think. Think of the Robert Duvall in Days of Thunder rather than today’s Robert Duvall. Don’t you think Harry Hogge could get the Chieftains going? I could see it.
Role of unnamed high school prep reporter played by Justin Long: If you’re thinking back to who covered the team at the time, you can eliminate me. I was a senior in high school in 2002. This would be a bit part, since the beat writer doesn’t appear too much in the book. Also, since we’ve got Justin Long, I would find a spot in the movie for his nemesis in the Apple commercials, PC. That guy could play a referee, I figure, and together I bet we could get em on the cheap.
OK, there are obviously a ton more roles to be cast. If you can find a way to work Sandra Bullock into the flick and still stay under budget, then you’ll guarantee big box office results. I know you all have some ideas. Bring em on.