Super Bowl 50: Ryan Reynolds, Liam Hemsworth Among Hollywood A-Listers Attending Game Day
With the Denver Broncos facing off against the Carolina Panthers outside San Francisco on Feb. 7, the Bay Area is going to be packed to the wharf with famous fans — hello Jay Leno and Phil Keoghan — and crowded parties.
This story first appeared in the Feb. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Super Bowl 50 has cast its headliners — the Denver Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Feb. 7 — and neither is a typical Hollywood-type team. But that won't keep Tinseltown names away from the big game, including Ryan Reynolds, Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jay Leno and Paramount vice chair Rob Moore. Reynolds will pass out chimichangas to promote Deadpool, Hemsworth and Goldblum will tackle promotional responsibilities on behalf of their upcoming Independence Day: Resurgence, and Leno jets north to San Francisco to get back in the hosting chair as emcee of the annual charity event Big Game Big Give.
As for Moore, one of Hollywood's most committed Super Bowl loyalists, football remains front and center, and he'll be rooting for quarterback Cam Newton and his Panthers. This year marks Moore's 13th Super Bowl trip since 2002, while The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan will make his Super Bowl debut. "I've always wanted to go, but I know how hard it is to get tickets, so I've never had the courage to ask. I can't believe that I have a ticket," he says. "Thank you, Leslie Moonves!" With the game airing on CBS, Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS Corp., will attend along with his wife, Julie Chen.
Others making the trek to the Bay include WME agents Rob Koslowsky, Rick Rosen and Jim Ornstein; CAA's Rob Light and Peter Micelli; Conan O'Brien; Rob Lowe and Katharine McPhee. The People v. O.J. Simpson star Cuba Gooding Jr. can't make it, but he does know whom he'll be rooting for: "Cam Newton!" Actor Tye White, who plays O.J. Simpson's son in that new FX miniseries, is team Panthers, too. "My Pats lost, so I'm going for killer Cam now!" he says.
Code Black star Luis Guzman is happy Peyton Manning and the Broncos beat the New England Patriots, but he's still siding with the Panthers. "They've never won a Super Bowl, and I love their [head]coach Ron Rivera. Plus, they've earned it."