In honor of Sunday's Academy Awards, OT asked members of the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots to weigh in with their all-time favorite movies ó sports themed and not. Denzel Washington and Kevin Costner, take a bow.
Justin Masterson, Red Sox
Favorite movie: ďMy top pick is Dumb and Dumber, because itís just hilarious. People still quote it. You almost know every single line, and you can watch it again and itís still funny. Itís like you donít have something like that today, dumb humor but itís still witty. Itís a classic. And the other one [that] might be more of a serious movie is Man on Fire, with Denzel Washington. Whatever Denzel Washington is in is good. Man on Fire, I just really liked that.Ē
Sports movie: ďIíd have to go with The Sandlot. I just used to watch that all the time. I thought it was cool, especially when they were trying to get the ball from the dog. I was like, man, just get in there and get the ball back! And especially as a kid, just watching that all the time. Thatís what we did, just played whenever we could. It was just sports. It wasnít even just baseball, just out playing, because if it was a sport, we were playing it. Thatís just what we liked to do. We even went and got lacrosse sticks because we never played lacrosse before, and just started tossing the ball around. Or soccer, basketball, it just didnít matter.Ē
Manny Delcarmen, Red Sox
Favorite movie: ďMy favorite that I can watch whenever itís on is Back to the Future III. Itís the Western one. Thatís why I like it. Whenever itís on, I could sit there and watch it every day, no matter when itís on.Ē
Sports movie: ďFor sports, I like Field of Dreams. If itís on, Iíll watch it. I like Bull Durham, too, but itís not Field of Dreams.Ē
Paul Pierce, Celtics
Favorite movie: ďMan, Iíve got so many favorite movies out there. Youíre making me choose between Denzel [Washington], Johnny Depp, and Leonardo [DiCaprio]. Man, itís got to be one of them. This is the toughest question of the day. I am going to go ahead and say Catch Me If You Can.Ē
Sports movie: ďThe one with Denzel [Washington] as the football coach ó Remember the Titans.Ē
Rich Gotham, Celtics team president
Favorite movie: ďApocalypse Now. The chaos of war, the craziness of the í60s, [Marlon] Brando, [Dennis] Hopper, the scene where they clear the beach to surf. Francis Ford Coppola went broke and nearly died making it. I love war movies and mob movies. Goodfellas, Saving Private Ryan, Fast Times at Ridgemont High are right up there.Ē
Sports movie: ďField of Dreams. I could watch it a hundred times and I would still get choked up during the scene at the end when Ray [Kevin Costner] plays catch with his dad. It really captures the romanticism of sports and the role sports can play in relationships, dreams, and aspirations. Hoosiers and Brianís Song a close second.Ē
Milan Lucic, Bruins
Favorite movie: Man on Fire, starring his favorite actor, Denzel Washington. This year, The Dark Knight. ďThe Joker, Heath Ledger, did an unbelievable job on his part,Ē said Lucic. ďThatís got to be my top movie [of 2008].Ē
Sports movie: ďI think Rudy is pretty good. When they cheered his name and he gets put in the game there, itís pretty emotional.Ē A close second: D2: The Mighty Ducks.
Blake Wheeler, Bruins
Favorite movie: A five-way tie, and a Matt Damon film festival: Rounders, all the ďBourneĒ movies, and Good Will Hunting. For 2008, Slumdog Millionaire.
Sports movie: Hoosiers, especially when Jimmy Chitwood (played by Maris Valainis) calls for the final shot. ďWhen Jimmy comes in the huddle of the last game, and they want to set up the play for somebody else because they know theyíre going to key on Jimmy, and Jimmy tells the coach that heíll make it. Itís a tearjerker.Ē
Ray Ventrone, Patriots
Favorite movie: ďI love The Godfather, but itís so long and so involved itís not something that I can watch every time itís on. As far as a favorite movie, I donít have one that sticks out.Ē
Sports movie: ďI just think Rudy is a great story. The kid walks on at Notre Dame and was told that he wouldnít ever play, and then he gets in there. Itís that never-give-up mentality. Regardless of how things go, you have to try harder and harder. I still get choked up every time I watch it. I donít remember the first time I saw it, but I have it on DVD and must have seen it a million times.Ē
Gary Guyton, Patriots
Favorite movie: ďI really loved Harlem Nights when I was growing up. Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and one my favorites was Redd Foxx. I was a big fan of ĎSanford and Son,í too. I just like that type of comedy. Itís definitely a favorite of mine. I watched it a lot as a kid, and I still watch it now. We had it on VHS and still do. I donít know anybody with VHS anymore. But when I watch that movie, itís still funny every time.Ē
Sports movies: ďAny Given Sunday and Friday Night Lights. Friday Night Lights kind of reminded me of when I was in high school.Ē
Maureen Mullen, Danny Picard, Scott Souza, and Tom Wilcox contributed to this report.
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