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Robert De Niro to play Vince Lombardi

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by Illini88228, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Illini88228

    Illini88228 Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if this is the right forum for this exactly, but thought it was kind of interesting when I saw it on IMDB.

    Robert De Niro to play legendary football coach Vince Lombardi

    By Gregory Ellwood

    Robert De Niro has already won one Oscar playing legendary boxer Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull," can he win another as the firey Green Bay Packers icon Vince Lombardi? Is a casting coup for fledgling ESPN Films, De Niro has agreed to play the championship football coach in the new motion picture "Lombardi."

    Based on the book "Instant Replay" written by Jerry Kramer and Dick Schaap, the film will center on the formative years Lombardi took the Packers from worst team in the NFL to five-time league champions. Eric Roth, who collaborated with De Niro on "The Good Shepherd" but is best known for his screenplay for "Forest Gump," is adapting. De Niro will also co-produce along with his longtime partner Jane Rosenthal and the NFL through hi Tribeca Productions company. No director has committed to the project at this time.

    In a statement, Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival along with De Niro, said, "We've had an extraordinary relationship with ESPN for five years through the Tribeca Film Festival, and now we're able to extend that association into production."

    The NFL is also very pleased about having the two-time Oscar winner on board. The leagues Charles Coplin used a number of sports analogies noting, "There are few actors who could accurately portray the fire, passion and grit of Lombardi and we're thrilled to have Robert De Niro on our team. With the addition of De Niro, Eric and Tribeca Productions, we have a deep bench to produce a film worthy of the legendary coach and American icon."

    Production appears as though it won't occur until sometime in 2011. ESPN and the NFL would like the film to release the weekend between the AFC and NFC Championships and Super Bowl 2012. That would be a tenative release date of Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. It is unclear which studio would distribute the picture, but one would have to assume ESPN parent company Walt Disney Studios would be in the mix.
  2. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    dumb move...there are other actors who could be better options.
  3. juck

    juck Well-Known Member

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    Yea like Deniro isnt the best actor ever
  4. newlander

    newlander Well-Known Member

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    Was carrot top too busy?
  5. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    DeNiro looks nothing like Lombardi.....and didn't Lombardi have a gap, maybe Strahan could play Vince.
  6. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I thought i heard Robert Duvall was going to play the role.
  7. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    I think Bob Hoskins would make a better Lombardi.
  8. trickblue

    trickblue Not Old School...Old Testament...

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    Earnest Borgnine... just sayin'...

    Yeah... he is old...
  9. jackrussell

    jackrussell Last of the Duke Street Kings

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    You're right. Hollywood could never fix that.:rolleyes:
  10. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    kind of hard to make a gap where there isnt one....unless DeNiro has false teeth already. im just saying someone else should play the role is all.
  11. Illini88228

    Illini88228 Well-Known Member

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    Not to be a jerk, but considering there was just a movie out that features half a cast of 8 foot tall blue people. I'm thinking they can take care of the gap. But I do agree that he seems like an odd choice to play lombardi.

    I do see the resemblence between lombardi and borgnine. Unfortunately, Borgnine is already 40 years older than Lombardi was when he died. But De Niro is a lot older than lombardi was too.
  12. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    DeNiro will do a good job.
  13. fgoodwin

    fgoodwin Well-Known Member

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    Any guesses who might play Landry?
  14. jackrussell

    jackrussell Last of the Duke Street Kings

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    "You talkin' to me Nitschke?"

    Good luck to the director.

  15. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Excuse me Mr. Referee....Are you talking to me? I don't see any other coach standing here
  16. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    Was Lombardi a my way or the hi-way kinda guy?
  17. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    74, that is the understatement of the Millenium. BP was a fuzzy bunny compared to Lombardi.
  18. Aikbach

    Aikbach Well-Known Member

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    Was Pauly Shore not available?

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