Batman vs Super(Ah)man: Former Packers RB Lands Role in Film
Never mind Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor. The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel have a former NFL superstar to deal with.
In an interview with podcast Just Not Sports, Green, who spent a dozen seasons in the NFL, revealed that he had joined the cast of the highly anticipated superhero movie, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. According to Green, whose role is currently listed on the IMDB, he will be playing the small bit of "Thug #2".
Green has been a superhero fan ever since his childhood, particularly of Batman, who will be portrayed by Ben Affleck in the upcoming movie. He even has the Caped Crusader's famous emblem tattooed on his arm. It's also not his silver screen debut. Previously, Green appeared in the 2007 Rob Schneider comedy Big Stan, seven years before earning a small role in Stretch, an action-comedy co-starring Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, and Ray Liotta. Later this year, Green will appear in the indie film The 60 Yard Line, as himself. Fellow Packers runner John Kuhn is also slated to appear in the latter film.
This isn't the first time an athlete has appeared in a superhero film. Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, including Hines Ward and Ben Roethlisberger, appeared as Gotham City football players in The Dark Knight Rises, while wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage took on the title character in 2002's Spider-Man. More recently, MMA fighter Dave Bautista had a lead role in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Prior to beginning his career in film, Green spent 8 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, where was a 4 time Pro Bowler. He had 6 season of 1,000+ yards in green, and ended his career with 9,205 yards and 60 touchdowns, including a 98 yard score during the 2003 season. Perhaps the new DC Cinematic Universe should've casted Green as their speedy hero The Flash instead?
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25.
Though he's a total Marvel fanboy, Geoff Magliocchetti will reluctantly see BvS. Convince him it will be good on Twitter @GeoffMags5490.
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