Football is practically our national religion, no more so than in the state of Texas, where boys grow up dreaming of playing under the Friday night lights, starring for a college powerhouse, and making it to the pros. That passion comes alive in My All American, a true-story sports movie from the screenwriter of Hoosiers and Rudy.
Freddie Steinmark was one of those gridiron dreamers, a talented and driven Colorado kid whose only flaw was being undersized. Despite an all-star high-school career, he was overlooked by most college coaches… except Darrell Royal at the University of Texas. Royal gave him a scholarship, and Steinmark became a standout defensive back on some of the Longhorns’ legendary teams in the late 1960s before a tragic injury changed his life.
In the exclusive new trailer for the film, Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) stars as Steinmark, and Aaron Eckhart is Coach Royal. Director Angelo Pizzo, who penned Rudy, wanted to create an inspiration role model, and he couldn’t have chosen a better subject. “There was nothing false or made up about the Freddie character,” he told EW. “The [film’s] principal financier asked me from the get-go, ‘How much of Rudy was true?’ I said, ‘Maybe about 70 percent.’ … And he looked at me and said, ‘I don’t want 70 percent; I want 90 percent. I want to say, ‘The following is a true story.'”
My All American opens in theaters on Nov. 13.
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