The actor, whose real name is Taylor Kitsch, played catch with Denver’s running backs.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos will take a break from football today during the start of their bye week for a private screening of the movie, “Lone Survivor.”
Actor Taylor Kitsch, who stars in the movie with Mark Wahlberg, and the Marcus Luttrell, the actual Navy SEAL upon whom the movie is based, will also meet with the team. Kitsch, who starred as running back Tim Riggins in the TV series Friday Night Lights, watched the Broncos practice Tuesday morning.
Kitsch spent the early portion of practice chatting with Broncos coach John Fox, then played catch with Denver’s running backs before the session was closed to the media.
“It’s kind of a team-building kind of thing. Obviously it was kind of neat to see him,” Fox said. “I think our guys are excited about it, and I know I am.”
Some Broncos players had to be alerted to who Kitsch was after practice. But not tight end Jacob Tamme, who told USA TODAY Sports that “Friday Night Lights” was one of his all-time favorite television shows. Tamme was giddy Tuesday afternoon after meeting Riggins and producer/director Peter Berg, who ran both the television show and “Lone Survivor.”
“I didn’t get a chance to express myself yet, but I’m going to tell them how big a fan I was,” Tamme said. “I’m really excited about this movie. I read the book [“Lone Survivor”] a couple years ago. I’m psyched about it.”
Tamme resisted watching “Friday Night Lights” when it debuted in 2006, but was immediately drawn in. Asked to pick a favorite moment or actor from the show, Tamme couldn’t single out just one episode, though he said he was a big fan of the actor Kyle Chandler, who played coach Eric Taylor.
“The great thing about that show was, all the actors were good. And all the writing was good. And how it was made was so good,” Tamme said. “See, I did not want to like it. I really didn’t. When I first started watching it, I was like, I’m not going to like it. And it was just so good, I had to.”
Source: USA Today