For Lucas Black, Seven Days in Utopia was the best of two worlds. Not only did he get to reunite with Robert Duvall — who co-starred with him in last summer’s Southern Gothic tale, Get Low — but he got to play a ton of golf. In the film, which opens Sept. 2, Black plays a struggling pro golfer who’s lost his way until he gets stuck in a small Western town. (No, it’s not called Radiator Springs.) Watch the trailer below.
Based on the best-selling book from David L. Cook, Golf’s Sacred Journey, Utopia seems to blend elements of Cars, The Legend of Bagger Vance, and perhaps a certain blockbuster Sandra Bullock sports movie. “It’s kind of like The Blind Side, but it goes more into detail of the Christian family,” Black told Entertainment Weekly last summer. “This golfer, he’s trying to make it on tour, and then he runs into this cowboy (Duvall) in Utopia, Texas, who teaches him there’s more to life than just playing golf.”
A highly accomplished amateur golfer in his own right, Black looks like a pro on the links. He’s been inadvertently preparing for this role for years, lugging his clubs to the sets of his previous films. During the filming of Get Low, Black had a famous playing partner: Bill Murray. “He saw me one day after we had finished working, just carrying my clubs out of the hotel,” recalled Black. “He was just down in the lobby, and he said, ‘Where are you going?’ I said, ‘There’s a driving range about two miles down the road and a little par-3 course and I’m just going to go hit.’ He said, ‘Well hang on, I’ll go with you.’ So he got his clubs and we went.”
The pair ended up playing half a dozen times during the shoot in Georgia. “You could tell he just loved playing the game,” said Black. “It wasn’t like we were spitting back quotes from Caddyshack back and forth to each other. We just went out there and played golf.”
So Black has that going for him, which is nice.