Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Anne Hathaway To Star In Bear Bryant Biopic

HOLLYWOOD--In a casting decision that is sure to undergo scrutiny from football fans and tinsel town insiders alike, Miramax Films has commissioned Anne Hathaway to play the titular role in their upcoming biopic, The Bear Bryant Story. Hathaway, 26, has achieved both box office success (The Princess Diaries, Ella Enchanted) and critical acclaim (Brokeback Mountain, Rachel Getting Married) in recent years and is reportedly excited to take on the challenge of portraying one of college football's greatest coaches. "Anne is one of Hollywood's finest young actors, a true star, a consummate professional, and a master of her craft," explained Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax Films. When asked about the difficulty in portraying the six-time National Championship winning coach of the University of Alabam Crimson Tide, Hathaway evaded the issue. "I'm an actor," Hathaway explained, "and I don't think anything as cosmetic as age or gender will hinder my portrayal of Coach Bryant. If all goes well, I expect this to be a sort of The Devil Wears a Plaid Fedora."

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Brian Scalabrine: "I never claimed I was good at basketball," page 5

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