ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke to fantasy football stars Omari Hardwick and Rome Flynn on the film and working with Tony Gonzalez. The film will be available exclusively through Paramount+ on November 25th.
Everything changes in this hilarious and touching father-daughter sports fantasy when Kelly A. Coleman (Marsai Martin) discovers she can magically control her father, Bobby (Omari Hardwicke), on the football field. “When Callie plays for her dad running back for the Atlanta Falcons at EA Sports.” Madden NFL 23, Bobby transforms from a fumblit-sick apprentice to a superstar aspiring star alongside his daughter and wife, Keisha (Kelly Rowland). With the NFL playoffs ahead and the growing pressure of Callie’s new commitment to her friends on the robotics team, the two must forge ahead to keep the magic a secret as they juggle the ups and downs of their newfound success, all as they rediscover , what it is. really means to be a family.”
Tyler Treez: Omari, I know you were a DB in Georgia. You tried out for the Chargers. Athletics and your love of the arts have always been closely linked, so how great was it to bring your football experience to life in this film?
Omari Hardwick: It was just as cool as this question, bro. It’s rare to be able to talk about everything that is, or I think the outstanding things that are in this bag that God has given you, and have these conversations on podcasts, for example Kernel with Fred Taylor, Channing Crowder and Ryan Clark. We’re talking to Deion Sanders. You talk to these athletes, which is really cool, and they want to know more about what you think of other things that are in a kind of gym bag. So I think it was a great moment for me to say wow. In fact, if you keep going the marathon way and I’m kind of letting you know – I know I’m with Rome and I have with other people who follow me, who I think have a lot of tricks. in this bag.
This is the moment when you realize that this is a marathon race. In this film, for the first time, I was able to look in the mirror and say: “Oh yes, my career turned into a marathon.” Because here I am finally getting to the point where you said I could include all these goodies in one movie. My love for art [and] my love for athletics has now come together and as an actor I can show both at the same time which is just incredible. In particular, to do this not only with a great talent actor, which is Rome, but also with a great talent actor who also comes from the world of sports. I probably would feel like it if he couldn’t run up and down the football field, but he’s super athletic, fast, he can catch. As a player coming from football and me coming from a sport he was really into, which is basketball, it’s exciting for us to be able to look at each other and say, ‘OK, we know we can play. We can do that too.” And so it was a lot for me. I immediately felt comfortable knowing that I had a cohort that could pull from the same size bag. But great question, man.
Rome, it must be so great to work with Tony Gonzalez. This is the best tight end of all time. He plays your coach in the movie. How was it working with him?
Rome Flynn: He is natural. Such a presence, you understand? That’s the problem. You would have to live under a rock not to know who he is. But the important thing is… I feel like a good sign of a person who has great integrity, but also has a great career and a great resume like him, is something you wouldn’t know if you didn’t know. Sometimes you walk around these people and they talk about these things. As with Tony, if you didn’t know that he plays football, you just didn’t know, you would think he was an actor. He was a super gift and he just kicked him out of the park, man. I’m happy they have a guy like him because they could have had a coach who also plays in the NFL but just isn’t a good actor. His role is not very big, but it is really important, because it is connected with everything. [It] connections throughout the team, connections in the scene between me and Omari when we walk into his office. To handle a scene like this with two actors like me and Omari… I just think he did an amazing job. So I hope he keeps doing it, I hope he keeps going and keeps pushing himself to do more of these things.