If there was an award for the most testosterone at a movie premiere, Thursday’s launch of “Any Given Sunday” would be the front-runner.
Oliver Stone’s kinetically told tale of the NFL drew enough football greats to the Village Theater screening and Armand Hammer Museum after-party to furnish an NFL Hall of Fame roster.
As he arrived at the Hammer, legendary quarterback Terry Bradshaw at first remarked “Man, that was loud!” about the film’s soundtrack and then commented on some scenes by saying “the throwing up and the needle turned my stomach, and some of the hits kind of made me wince. I had flashbacks. But it was well-done, dramatic.”
Hall of Famer Dick Butkus, who has a cameo, said the film was “dead-on from a player’s perspective” and thought the movie might enlighten the NFL powers-that-be. “With the emphasis on all the shots and stuff, it made me think, ‘Maybe now these people can understand what we’re going through.'”
Another cameoer, former QB great Y.A. Tittle, called Al Pacino’s performance “authentic” and said he “could name five or six coaches and there’d be a little bit of each of them in that role.”
Among those on hand for the kick-off were Warner Bros. execs Barry Meyer, Alan Horn, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Kevin McCormick; writer-director Stone; stars Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Lauren Holly, Jim Brown, Elizabeth Berkley, Ann-Margret and Jamie Foxx (who plays the young QB and about whom Bradshaw said: “the kid really had it, whoever that was”); producers Lauren Shuler-Donner and Clayton Townsend; plus guests Kevin Costner, Meg Ryan, Scott Berg, Magic Johnson, Neal Moritz, Michael Mann and Jamie Williams.