Friday, November 21, 2014

5 Packers Players, Including Clay Matthews, Have Roles in Pitch Perfect 2

SourceGREEN BAY—Secrets are hard to keep in Hollywood, but this one was kept quiet for quite a while.
Five Packers players are in the upcoming movie “Pitch Perfect 2,” set to be released this summer, and the news got out on Thursday as the trailer was released.
Clay Matthews,David Bakhtiari,Josh SittonT.J. Lang andDon Barclay (along with Aaron Rodgers’ younger brother, Jordan) appear in the trailer, which briefly shows them in a night-club scene with Matthews getting the sleeves of his tuxedo jacket torn off as he poses and flexes his muscles.
“We’re all A-list celebrities now,” Matthews joked. 
The players talked about the movie project with the media on Thursday after practice. Their involvement began with a tweet from Bakhtiari to Alexis Knapp, one of the stars of the original “Pitch Perfect” from 2012.
A big fan of the movie, Bakhtiari has made his teammates fans of it as well, and he took a shot in the dark on Twitter about getting him and his offensive linemates into the sequel.
“A lot of determination by Dave to set the whole thing up – determination-slash-desperation, because he was at it quite a bit trying to get a hold of the producers to get us in the movie,” Lang said. “Shockingly, they actually let us in after all his desperate tweets and phone calls and emails. It was fun.”
Added Matthews: “We have to thank him for his creepiness. He had to do a lot of lobbying, but he came through, and more power to him.”
Turns out the producers got a kick out of the fact that a bunch of Packers players were fans of the first flick, so they cast the group in a scene. As soon as OTAs wrapped up in June, the players flew down to Baton Rouge, La., for four days of shooting.
They even had to fill out actors’ union paperwork and got paid, but that was far from the motivation.
“We probably would have paid to be in the movie, to be honest with you,” Lang said.
Lang added that the Packers do a little singing and dancing within the musical competition that’s part of the plot, but the rest of the details of their scene is being kept under wraps.
“It was a piece of cake,” Sitton said of the filming, tongue planted in cheek. “We were definitely fish out of water at first. Then we kind of got into our groove, and it turned out to be pretty good.”
How good, and what song do they sing?
“It was a shock. We got a good laugh out of it,” Matthews said. “It was funny to see 300-pound plus men singing … said song.”

Great stuff from the Pack. Gotta love how obsessed David Bakhtiari is with Pitch Perfect. It's honestly a pretty good movie and a bunch of three hundred pounders dancing is probably gonna make this sequel great. From the looks of it, that scene will be pretty funny. Not sure how it won't be. 

And Clay Matthews has to end up with Anna Kendricks, no? Pretty sure that has to happen. Can't just put a star linebacker in a movie and not give him the hot chick protagonist. Even if it is just a cameo role.

A+ quote by Clay talking about Bakhtiari, too. Gotta love the guy's creepiness. Now they're actors.

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