Q & A with director Bob Mandel:
Q: Talk about the shoot in general (ie - how it went, surprises, best
A: The best performance, of course, was Brian's. I was surprised
that several of the basketball players who had never acted became
very good actors, very quickly.
Q: How would you compare this to other films you've worked on?
A: The challenge of this movie was making 200 or 250 extras look
like a crowd of five thousand or so. Also, of course to be as authentic as possible with the basketball plays.
Q: Brian Dennehy seems like a nice guy. How did you get him riled up enough to lose it like Knight?
A: He's very well prepared and didn't need "riling up." But, keeping him waiting for very long periods of time could have done the trick.
Q: Dennehy didn't choke anybody on the set did he?
A: No. Although I hear ESPN.com's "The Sports Guy" wore a neck
brace, just in case, when he went to his trailer for the interview... (Click here for The Sports Guy's interview with Brian Dennehy)
Q: What's the best memory you'll take away from this project?
A: Without a doubt, watching Brian Dennehy's performance and his respect for the craft of acting.
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