Super Bowl Players Weigh in on the Oscars
As NFL players prepare for Sunday's big game, online ticket-seller Fandango finds out what they know about movies.
Is "Splash" the name of a movie or a play called at the line of scrimmage by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning?
Believe it or not, the question confused even a few of Manning's teammates, who were playfully ambushed by a Fandango correspondent with a video camera a few days ago.
Fandango has been making humorous videos for a few years now, trying to drum up publicity for itself by piggybacking on major events, such as the opening of the most recent Star Wars film, the Oscars and Comic-Con. This is the first time it tackled the Super Bowl, though.
The online ticketer has posted three short videos: one where it asks Carolina Panthers players whether a certain word or phrase is a Manning audible or a film title; another that asks them if a person is an NFL player or a movie star (Jeremy Irons posed the most difficulty); and another where correspondent Dan Perrault asks for opinions about Oscar-nominated films.
Perrault goofs on Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin, who looks like Chris Hemsworth, and on Panthers center Ryan Kalil, who has a beard like Zach Galifianakis. Star Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas is rendered speechless when asked to compare defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to The Danish Girl star Eddie Redmayne.
In all, Perrault quizzes 18 Panthers and Broncos players as well as three ESPN reporters.
"Have you seen the movie The Good Dinosaur?" he asks Panthers defender Kawann Short. "It's about Peyton Manning."
The Panthers are a six-point favorite over the Broncos in Sunday's Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., where Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem and Coldplay headlines the halftime show, airing on CBS.