Actor Brian Presley talks about movie 'Touchback'

Fri, Apr 13

As an athlete, how would you like to go back in time to change history on a football field?

That's what former high school football star turned farmer Scott Murphy (played by Brian Presley) does in the movie "Touchback," which is out Friday in select markets.

On the game-winning play, Murphy -- the nation's best high school football player -- injures his knee and destroys his dreams of a future in football. About 15 years later, Murphy receives the opportunity to go back to change history.

Presley knows the story all too well himself. The 34-year-old actor graduated from Jenks (Okla.) High School in 1996 after winning a state championship as starting quarterback. He turned to acting after his sports career.

"I fell in love with this story when I received the script," said Presley, who is known for his role of Jack Ramsey on the soap opera "Port Charles" from 1999 to 2003. "I saw so many similarities to what I went through. I know people will be able to identify with this. It's a love story."

Kurt Russell, Marc Blucas and Melanie Lynskey also are in the film, which was written and directed by Don Handfield.

The movie is a sports version of "It's a Wonderful Life," and Presley is hoping people who are not sports fans come out to watch.

"Football is an all-American sport, but the great thing about this movie is a lot of the action is away from the field," he said. "I thought the movie is very moving. It's about community. It's about family. It's about our country."