Syracuse hosts ‘Express’ premiere

Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown walk orange carpet

It isn’t often that Syracuse stands in for Hollywood, but that was the case Friday when the university hosted an orange-carpeted preem for Universal’s football drama “The Express.”

The event at the Landmark Theater was co-sponsored by Syracuse U. because the pic’s subject, Ernie Davis, was a running back there. Davis was the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy. Many of the film’s scenes were shot at the upstate New York campus.

That tie-in gave the event a shot of orange-and-blue college pride, as the school’s marching band welcomed stars Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown, NBC U prexy Jeff Zucker and guest Bob Costas.

Quaid later showcased his musical chops by hopping on stage and jamming with the house band, as his co-stars cheered.

“This premiere could not have been held anywhere else,” said helmer Gary Fleder. “We wanted to honor the school and his legacy.”

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