Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Natalie Imbruglia & Doug Dearth of "Underdogs"
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:15:15
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In the vein of Friday Night Lights and The Blind Side, the high school football film Underdogs is based on the inspirational true events of a high school football team no one expected to succeed! Filmed in Canton, Ohio, the film focuses on the Knights, a lousy team who've become an easy target for jokes. Just when they begin to give up hope, a new coach arrives, helping the lovable losers see their true potential. There's romance, too, when QB Bobby Burkett falls in love with a cheerleader from a rival team -- The Vikings.
Vikings' star, John Handon, a bratty rich kid who has his eye on the same girl, is pissed about the hookup. Meanwhile, Bobby's father is waging his own war with Handon's dad, whose crooked corporation is suing him over an invention he patented. But there is so much more to this film, as director Doug Dearth has crafted a crowd pleaser.
That's a lot of drama packed into one film, so we had to talk to the film's star, singer Natalie Imbruglia of "Torn" fame, and director Doug Dearth.
What attracted you most to your character of Michelle Stratt?
Natalie Imbruglia: Firstly, I loved the Underdogs script.... Michelle is a small town girl, which I can relate to, and I was excited to play an American for the first time on the big screen.
Why do you think she is relatable?
Natalie Imbruglia: Doug and I decided that she has probably traveled a lot but decided to return to her home town. She gets the importance of underdogs winning through her budding romance with the team coach, and we decided she has also had her fair share of heartbreak. These are all things that make her easy to relate to. She is a well-traveled, small town girl who loves the simple things in life.
ONE reason you think fans of fare like The Blind Side or Friday Night Lights would appreciate this film?
Doug Dearth: The obvious answer would be FOOTBALL! But I think, like both of the films you referenced, that our film has a lot of heart at the middle of it. It's about real, everyday people doing the best and hoping that it is enough.
Do you think it appeals to sports fans as well?
Doug Dearth: Absolutely. At the very core of any sport is qualities like drive, commitment, determination and of course, plenty of action. That is why there are so many fans. We get to live vicariously through the athletes we idolize. They represent a part of us that thrives on competition. A way to escape our sometimes hum drum lives and be immersed in a game that we feel a part of. That's exactly what this movie does -- an hour-and-forty minute adventure that invigorates and inspires us.
Anything else you'd like to share with us about your experience on the film?
Natalie Imbruglia: I had a wonderful time working on this movie. Doug is an actor's director so it was a joy to work with him. It was a collaboration and things were changing constantly so it keeps you on your toes. This is exciting for an actor. And DB Sweeney did a great job of making me feel comfortable too. I learned a lot from working with him. It was a fun set.
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