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This news really blind-sided me.
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Glen Davis almost played Michael Oher in ‘Blind Side’? What the hell? (Jessica Camerato, WEEI)
Back in 2007, Davis was a top candidate for the lead role of Michael Oher in “The Blind Side.” [...]
“I’ve always wanted to act,” he explained. “I knew about the football player, he played at Ole Miss, and I heard there was a book out about that. So I said, ‘Sure, I’ll try out.’ ”
Davis was sent a three-page script and asked to record a video audition. After hours of practice, he performed the scene in which Oher discusses selecting a college, ultimately deciding on the University of Mississippi.[...]
After submitting his tape, Davis learned he was one of the top three candidates for the role. Because of the NBA schedule, however, he never met with film’s executives. Regardless of the opportunity to act, Davis had priorities.
“I never flew out because I didn’t have time,” he said. “I was playing, it was at the beginning of the season. That would’ve been tough. I would’ve had to shoot during the summer time, and that was a really important time.”
(Read the rest of the story here.)
Davis’ wide list of talents keeps revealing new, hidden skills. First, he said he wanted to play in the NFL. That one wasn’t too much of a secret; he’s a 300-pounder with agility and explosiveness. It only made sense.
His talents got more eclectic, though. Next was MMA. Davis trained over the summer, and his trainer could only imagine how great Davis could have been as a fighter if he didn’t have such a serious commitment to basketball.
Then came ultimate frisbee. Wait, ultimate frisbee? A 6’9″, 300-pounder flicking a little flying disc? I thought only hippies and high-schoolers played that sport, right?
Along with his frisbee admittance, we learned that Davis was also — at least by his own admission — quite good at soccer.
Now, he was one of three finalists to play Michael Oher in ‘Blind Side’? Is there anything the man can’t do?
Sadly, there are some things. Shooting over the long arms of JaVale McGee, for one.