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INT: Tom Brady

Mar. 15, 2007by: JimmyO

Tom Brady is one of the most well known quarterbacks. And if you are expecting to hear more about this football superstar, youre in the wrong place. This Tom Brady is known for turning Rob Schneider into THE HOT CHICK and not scoring a touchdown. He also turned Rob into THE ANIMAL. He has a long relationship with Mr. Schneider and he also seems to have a good deal of experience with comedy. He now takes on a bunch of college football players, and the worst coach in the world in THE COMEBACKS.

Here, he gets a chance to lampoon all those sports films that made you stand up and cheer, like RUDY, RADIO, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, NORTH DALLAS FORTY and many others. How will it all come about? Well, with the few scenes we got to check out, it may make for a whole lotta fun.

Hanging on the set, we had a pretty good idea about why a director is so busy. Tom was working his ass off trying to get it all together. And for good reason, an August release date and a bunch of young actors with little experience. Add to that a couple of seasoned vets too help shake things up. But one thing Tom is known for is his calm, cool exterior. Almost every actor (and crew member) said the same thing; this dude can handle pressure. And when we were lucky enough to have a few short moments with him, he really did seem to be very relaxed. Although we only spoke for a short time, he really gave us his undivided attention and never seemed to be worried or stressed. This is the guy that youd want manning the ship when the shit hit the fan. And hes also the guy youd want to hang with after for a beer or two.

Tom Brady

So its great to finally meet THE Tom Brady [the quarterback]

The next best thing I was the original Tom Brady actually.

Thats right.

Then I heard about this young back-up guy at Michigan and I thought, Oh, no one will ever hear of this guy. now, I [seem] to be the other Tom Brady.

Weve been watching the filming, really funny. Just so many parodies and stuff from the given genre. What are you doing specifically to make this an even better parody?

The thing that attracted me when I first read the script is its more than just a parody movie like SCARY MOVIE it had a great story with a lot of heart that held up on its own anyway. The story of this coach thats got his last shot at redemption and hes trying to hold his family together. And his rebellious daughter and her relationships; and it had the potential to be a classic comedy movie on its own and then the telling of this story we get to kind of make fun of all the conventions and clichs of all those other, you know, melodramatic or dramatic sports movies, football movies. So we get to kind of have our cake and eat it too. So well get the big huge high laughs that a parody movie gets but also hopefully hook everybody emotionally and tell a real story; make you feel all the things you want to feel in a real movie.

Well, what was it about this script that you just had to make this movie now.

A couple of things; I mean on a commercial level the idea of a big [over the top] sports movie hadnt really been done yet. We saw this like, instead of a college football movie or a parody movie, I read the script and I saw a real story and a real great character and I thought it had all those elements and then what I had was sort of a vision for the, I always call it the ultimate sports comedy. I never call it a parody or a spoof, I always call it the ultimate sports comedy, especially with the, you probably havent seen any of this stuff yet but we also keep cutting to the television and covering ESPN style or FOX SPORTS style produced segments.

And we take on tennis, we take on skateboarding, the X-Games, we take on boxing, we take on and the idea of the coach being the worst coach in history. Like hes responsible for the Bill Buckner error, for Mike Tyson biting [Evander] Holyfields ear, for sending the Stanford Band after the game was over; you see all these things. We really hit on every sport; there really is something for everybody. I saw the enormity of that; we could have a movie that everybody could go to. Young or old sports fans, you know, adults could sit through with their kids, and the kids would love to see it, kind of edgy but really funny also.

Do you feel, because you have an August release date, that there is more pressure than usual to get it there?

Oh, yeah.

How do you deal with that pressure? Everybody was remarking on how cool under fire you are; how do you do that, is it just natural?

Thats good. Yeah, part of it is just being kind of low key but a lot of its deliberate too because I think with, um I mean I did a couple of movies with Rob Schneider and hes a real funny guy and not the easiest guy to get along with I was just determined to set a tone of creativity and fun, and I know that having been an actor myself and, you know, Ive done this before, you really get the most out of everybody, actors, crew; its the most creative if everybody feels like theyre happy to come to work and theyre safe and they can experiment and they can really get you know, so I sort of set out at the beginning to do that. And I deliberately keep the business pressures, the studio pressures away from the set and I carry them on my shoulders. And Ill probably completely collapse in about two months.

You gonna get Schneider to sit in the stands saying, You can do it.?

Hes a its one of the drafts, I dont know if you read that draft. Theres talk about doing that, theres also a chance that we may get [Adam] Sandler to come down

That would be great.

Get the waterboy or something. But thats just a rumor.

As a kid were you really into football or is this something new?

Yeah, I was a huge sports fan. The traditional baseball, basketball, football I not only played the games but I played the board games and the computer games, they kind of kept me, I feel, away from that other stuff.

Source: JoBlo.com

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