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Casting Super Bowl 2020 as a Movie With Famous Actors

| January 31, 2020 6:27 am PDT
Actors That Would Be Perfect For a Super Bowl 54 Movie

There isn’t a better time to be a bettor right now. You can bet on Super Bowl 54 this weekend, and shortly after, you’ll be able to bet on the 2020 Oscars.

I’ve been covering both over the past couple of weeks and thought it was time to blend the two together.

Nobody in this game is set to win an award for their acting, but Super Bowl 54 is hyped up as such an epic clash. That has me thinking even bigger, as if this game was set up as a movie.

The drama, narratives, talent, and production intertwined in this game could make it feel like that, while it’s arguable there’s no better cast than the one we’re getting.

But let’s have a little fun with it, shall we?

If you want to bet on the big game, head over to the top Super Bowl betting sites. If you want to have a little fun, join me as I re-cast the game as a Super Bowl 54 movie with viable actors that have the chops to take on some of this game’s biggest personalities.

Matthew Fox as Kyle Shanahan

Kyle Shanahan is a football genius, but he’s otherwise pretty boring. He wears his hat backwards sometimes, so he’s clearly pretty cool, but other than that, he’s not very interesting.

That makes Matthew Fox perfect here.

Fox was fantastic in his role as Jack on Lost, but he’s otherwise disappeared off the Hollywood map. Seth Rogen once joked in the movie Knocked Up that there’s nothing interesting about Fox, and he might be right.

Either way, Fox has the dark features to pull off Shanny’s sideline look, while he also has experience playing a football coach in the film We Are Marshall.

Paul Walter Hauser as Andy Reid

Finding the right actor for Big Red is virtually impossible. You’re either leaning too hard on a “big guy” who can fill out Reid’s clothes, or you’re just looking for an immaculate mustache to measure up to his.

Both will send you on a wild goose chase, to be sure.

Instead of trying to pigeonhole someone that meets one of those shallow pieces of criteria, I’ll just go with an actor that could have the look, would need to be aged a bit, but absolutely has the acting talent to crush this role.

Paul Walter Hauser earned his stripes as an Insane Clown Posse fiend on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but he showed the world he can act in Richard Jewell.

He isn’t a Reid clone, but he fits the mold.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy G seems to go overlooked as a quarterback due to his good looks and penchant for dating porn stars.

Seriously, it’s a little telling when the first question people search for concerning this dude is who is Jimmy Garoppolo’s girlfriend.

I’ll be the first to tell you that Garoppolo is more than his good looks, charm, or dating history. That said, it would only make sense to cast an actor who can deliver the full package.

To me, that’s Jake Gyllenhaal.

I’m comfortable enough in my masculinity to admit he’s a good-looking dude (besides, my wife told me he was, too), while he’s also flashed his athletic ability in numerous films, with Southpaw displaying his elite physical build.

The looks, confidence, swagger, and charm are all there. Besides, these two guys share the same initials (JG).

Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes is a tough one. There have been jokes that compare him to Roseanne actress Sara Gilbert, while others would suggest Kermit the Frog based on his voice.

Clearly, some people are cruel.

You can take the joking route, but I’d rather just find an actor that resembles Mahomes, has a solid physical build, and also has the talent to play such a demanding role.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson fits the bill. One of the best up-and-coming actors, Johnson has thrived in a litany of diverse roles from a self-made vigilante in Kick-Ass to Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Michael B. Jordan as Raheem Mostert

Who better to play Raheem Mostert than the son of Creed?

Mostert has morphed into a superstar overnight, but he was previously cut by six NFL teams. It took him until his age-27 season to leave his mark in the NFL, giving pro football fans a true rags-to-riches story in the athletic realm.

Jordan is an accomplished, versatile actor that has proven he can play any role asked of him. The fact that he looks somewhat like Mostert only aids his case here.

The Game as Damien Williams

I’ll admit The Game is a bit old to take on this role, but he certainly doesn’t look it. He also has similar facial hair to Damien Williams, and he’s not a guy lacking in confidence.

Williams had to keep fighting after failing to land a big role with numerous NFL teams, with the Miami Dolphins most recently giving up on the 27-year-old.

The Game could draw on his battle up the ranks as a rapper coming out of Compton, but I’ll admit the main draw here is the similar looks these two share.

Kevin Hart as Tyreek Hill

Tyreek Hill kills defenses with his speed, and he’s gotten in some trouble off the field thanks to his mouth (among other things). He’s so good that he has a real shot at winning the Super Bowl 2020 MVP trophy, even against this elite 49ers secondary.

His off-field issues were not comedic, but Hill is still an interesting personality that would require a mega star to harness. Hart hasn’t exactly proven himself as a dramatic actor, but he’s a good athlete, in great physical condition, and is also of small stature like Hill.

Every movie needs its comic relief, too. Hart could work as Hill and help movie watchers get a chuckle or two.

Daniel Kaluuya as Deebo Samuel

This is another spot where I’ll admit I’m just trying to get a great actor to play a role. I’d be reaching if I’m just assigning guys that “look” like Deebo Samuel, so I won’t waste my time here.

Kaluuya is one of the best young actors on the Hollywood circuit, as he’s proven in the heralded Get Out and the insanely underrated Queen & Slim.

Despite possessing elite speed, Samuel also seems to be underrated. Hey, there’s another connection!

Donald Glover as Emmanuel Sanders

Is there a more versatile act in America these days than Donald Glover? The guy is a comedian, an amazing rapper, and also a strong dramatic actor.

Glover offers it all, which makes him a perfect fit to fill the shoes of Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders remains underrated despite a well-rounded offensive game that still includes solid speed, elite route-running, and reliable pass-catching.

Sanders is also an introspective and humorous guy, which Glover would be able to display with ease.

Lil Wayne as Sammy Watkins

This is probably a callback to the old Sammy Watkins, who sported dreadlocks and — absent the face tattoos, mind you — did look a good bit like Lil Wayne.

I doubt Wayne offers the speed Watkins brings to the table, but he’s got the look and confidence to pull this role off.

James McAvoy as George Kittle

You could go a number of different directions when trying to cast the right actor to play George Kittle. He’s a hulking tight end that is blazing fast in the open field, but he also looks like he just got done mud running across the country.

Maybe he did.

In terms of pure looks, one could look back to the British version of The Office and give Mackenzie Cook a try. He’d have to seriously bulk up, though.

Instead, let’s keep the star-powered theme going here and give James McAvoy a shot. He doesn’t have the size Kittle offers, but there’s no denying his acting talent, nor his physical prowess.

McAvoy crushes any role he takes on, but he also displayed his ability to tack on mass in Split. You also need a little bit of crazy to take on Kittle, and we’ve certainly seen McAvoy offer that, as well.

Jason Momoa as Travis Kelce

Chris Evans and Channing Tatum have a similar look to Kelce, but whoever takes on this role needs a bit more size, some bulk, and personality to the extreme.

I’d say Aquaman suffices.

Momoa has displayed his brute strength, physique, and personality across many medias, while some know him best as Drogo from Game of Thrones.

Kansas City’s tight end is rugged, physical, and full of energy. Momoa checks all of the boxes and would crush in this role.

Joey Fatone as Joe Staley

I’m not just grabbing a “Joe for a Joe” here. Yes, these two share the same first names, but they actually look somewhat alike.

Staley is a strong and reliable presence on the 49ers’ o-line, while Fatone has turned into a bit of a hulk in his post-NSYNC days. That’ll do.

Chadwick Boseman as Richard Sherman

Boseman is a bit more composed than San Francisco’s star corner, but these two actually look quite a bit alike. That, and Boseman offers that same stoic presence (when Sherman isn’t talking, of course).

Sherman and Boseman are also extremely intelligent people away from athletics, while we know Boseman has the range to play such a polarizing figure.

With impressive turns as the lead in Black Panther, Message From the King, and 42, Boseman feels like the perfect actor for this role.

Jai Courtney as Nick Bosa

Lastly, we come to Nick Bosa, who has the pass rushing chops of a seasoned pro.

The rookie has 12 sacks on the year (including the playoffs) and doesn’t have any plans on stopping.

That type of relentless approach reminds me of Jai Courtney, who has a similar physical build and has flashed diverse acting ability across movies like Suicide Squad, Divergent, and A Good Day to Die Hard.


I know the casting for Super Bowl 54 as a movie isn’t perfect. The goal was to try to find a match for all of the biggest stars for this game, with either the looks, talent, or ability to play the part.

Ideally, you hit on all three, and for some of these actors/players, I think it’s perfect. A few, like Deebo Samuel, could be a bit better.

That could be where you, the reader, come in. Have an idea as to which actors would be better picks to play their Super Bowl 2020 counterparts? Tell us in the comments below!

And if you just want some advice on how to bet on the Super Bowl, check out our Super Bowl betting blog.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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