As I joke to Luke Wilson, it’s as if Texas-born actors are contractually obligated to eventually play football coaches. It just seems to be a thing. As you might imagine, Wilson plays a coach in 12 Mighty Orphans, and not just any coach, either. He’s playing Rusty Russell, a legend in Texas football history. The film is an inspirational sports story, obviously based on a true story. So, while it may sound like a movie potentially rife with cliches, it’s actually quite entertaining and touching. It’s also playing next week at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, so that’s a stamp of quality as well. As soon as I saw the flick about a week and change ago, I knew I wanted to talk to Wilson, as well as co-star Martin Sheen. That first conversation comes your way this morning.
Below, you can hear me chat with Wilson about his leading role in 12 Mighty Orphans. My review of the movie will be up tomorrow, but suffice it to say, I enjoyed it quite a bit. So, it was a pleasure to briefly talk to Wilson about the role. We get into football a bit, of course, as well as coaching. Mostly, we just discuss why the part was so attractive, why the story works so well, and how it impacted him. Despite the short period of time, it was a pretty substantive talk. Give it a listen below and stay tuned for more on the flick tomorrow morning…
Here now is my interview with 12 Mighty Orphans leading man Luke Wilson. Enjoy:
12 Mighty Orphans is in Texas theaters this weekend and nationwide next Friday!