Sapochetti: Making the calls on casting a Patriots movie
If you tried to sell Hollywood a screenplay about the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI it would be turned down for being too improbable to believe.
But as we can all attest, the seemingly impossible did happen, prompting Tinseltown to green-light an effort to bring the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to the big screen.
The film will reportedly focus on Pats star quarterback Tom Brady and touch on the Deflategate controversy before moving on to their unthinkable comeback victory.
Before everyone gets into a tizzy over whether they should wait until Brady retires before telling his story — let’s fill out the supporting cast:
Robert Kraft could be played by two-time Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman — who has the requisite age, hair and short stature to play the beloved Patriots owner.
Jeff Daniels of “Dumb & Dumber” fame is the natural choice to fill the role of embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
I’m thinking outside the box to cast head coach Bill Belichick.
Director Oliver Stone bares a close enough resemblance to “The Hoodie.” He’s also very comfortable dealing in paranoia. See Stone’s brilliant films “JFK” and “Nixon.”
The easiest casting call if the movie includes Brady’s good friend, President Trump, is, of course, Alec Baldwin.
But who will play the greatest quarterback of the Super Bowl era?
Matt Damon, Chris Evans, Chris Pine and Alexander Skarsgard would all be fine selections.
But we want more than just a good actor, we want a truly great actor to play Brady.
Which means the only choice is Leonardo DiCaprio. The biggest movie star in the world would be a natural to play the league’s most famous player.
Leo has the necessary good looks — and at 42, is only 3 years older than Brady. At 6-foot-1, DiCaprio is only 3 inches shorter than the five-time Super Bowl champion.
When it comes to translating onto film, casting a sports movie can be tricky. There is no actor alive who can duplicate Brady’s perfect passing skills.
But if you saw what DiCaprio went through while surviving in the wilderness to film his Academy Award-winning performance in “The Revenant,” you’d know that he’d put in the prep work needed to step into the shoes of the man who led the Pats back from a 25-point third-quarter deficit.
John Sapochetti is co-host of “Herald Drive,” heard weekday mornings 6-9 on Boston Herald Radio. Follow him on Twitter @johnsap25.