Namath OK'd the movie after… the belief that the athletic Gyllenhaal was the right actor to play him. While other quarterbacks racked up bigger lifetime stats, Namath became the first football player to achieve rock-star status. The pic will tell the story of how the golden-armed kid from Beaver Falls, Pa., became Broadway Joe, the New York Jets quarterback who became a '60s cultural figure.
As for Jake, he signed on right after they promised he could keep the pantyhose and rabbit fur coat from wardrobe. And lots of practice under center. And no stunt double for the dogpile scenes. Oh man this is too easy.