Casting Former Players
When I started thinking about doing it, I knew a couple of former players out here already, that are actually actors. So, it's one thing to find players, and it's another thing to find actors. But players and actors — that's a beautiful thing. So it was very fortuitous that we were able to get Nic Harris and the guys on the board.
So we got Harris and, oh my gosh. I knew Nic before this, and I knew that he'd been acting and some of the people that I had done projects with have worked with Nic. I had met him at an NFLPA event maybe about three years ago now, and we kept in touch via social media.
So yeah, I knew Nic could embody it. When you're dealing with storytelling, you want to have a beginning, middle and end, right? That's just one of the basics — it sounds so simple, but that is basic element storytelling. So you want to have an arc — I initially I had another arc that included acting, and I ended up getting rid of that one.
We talked about utilizing some of The Trust's programs and pointing to some of them, like Physical Wellness. And so that's when Qiana (Thomas) got me in touch with Miles Burris, and Miles is jacked, man. Like huge. It looks like I'm big, but he makes me look tiny. We took a picture next to each other — and he's got me looking like a little boy.
It was fortunate because Miles is an actor's actor too. He has been getting it in. And we we had this whole physical fitness element, so he embodied it so incredibly well — it was just so simple, man. We shot at the Rose Bowl, and it was just a fun time — he's a great guy. It was wonderful. We were able to put that together and really tell a story.