No one will confuse Rex Ryan with Ryan Reynolds, but the Jets coach will be appearing on a silver screen near you in the future.
Ryan will play a Boston lawyer and Patriots fan in the upcoming Adam Sandler flick "Donny's Boy," which filmed in Massachusetts over the summer. The film was originally titled "I Hate You, Dad."
"I'm not going to make a guarantee that there's an Oscar coming, but [Robert] De Niro, Ryan, I don't know, you'll have to see the movie and see what you think," Ryan said today according to The Star-Ledger.
"I do respect (New England) but that was what was so fun about (the movie)," Ryan said. "When I read (the script) I was like 'Oh my gosh,' it was great, it was a lot of fun being on that set. I will say this: it's way more work than I thought it would be. I thought you would go in there and rattle off a few lines and that would be it... I felt like a player just run that play again, run that play again."
On the Rich Eisen podcast Thursday, Sandler said Ryan was "loose and funny" about playing "a mammoth Patriots fan" who talks about Bill Belichick and Tom Brady -- a detail that was written into the script for the Jets coach.
The New Hampshire-bred Sandler is set to play Andy Samberg’s grouchy father in the film, which co-stars Leighton Meester, Vanilla Ice, and Susan Sarandon.
"He's really cool," Sandler, a longtime Jets fan, said of Ryan.
"I saw (Rex) in the hotel in the morning going to the set, and I saw coach [Ryan] running lines with two nice girls that work for the Jets," Sandler said. "Just seeing the coach in the lobby, doing his lines, memorizing, closing his eyes, getting them right.
"Then he put on a suit, kind of a goofy suit, and he did great... he did nail it."
Sounds like quite a feat for Ryan.
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