Who gets the award for best athlete-turned-actor?
Was watching a little late-night TV over the weekend, and stumbled across There’s Something About Mary, in which Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre shows up to do his doughy best as Mary’s ex-boyfriend. Given that he is not only better looking but also a better QB these days, perhaps that’s one cameo best left semi-forgotten somewhere on a shelf alongside Shaquille O’Neal in Kazaam and the entire cinematic career of O.J. Simpson.
But the athletes just keep acting, as evidenced by New York Ranger (and former Elisha Cuthbert flame) Sean Avery (pictured) who shows up in the hockey biopic The Rocket (just out on DVD) as–coincidence!–a New York Ranger named Bob Dill who gets the crap beaten out of him by the movie’s subject, legendary Montreal Canadien Maurice Richard. The movie’s half in French and half in English and all about hockey, yet I kept watching; Avery’s role, while small, is damn entertaining. Probably because he’s known as quite the aggressor in real life, and there’s always something fun about watching people like that get clocked, even if it’s fake–and especially when they’re in on the joke.
Assuming it’s not Avery, what athlete has given the best onscreen performance in Hollywood history? Johnny Damon in Fever Pitch? Michael Jordan in Space Jam? Ring in with your comments! Let’s force EW.com’s editors to spin a gallery from your numerous (and witty) responses!