Football Movie News: George Clooney goes Leatherheads

I was at a Borders store in midtown tonight when I came across the fall issue of this men’s magazine called Classic Style (think film noir meets country clubs).

I don’t know if you can tell or not, but the upper left corner of the magazine cover bears the phrase, “NFL’s Best Dressed Coaches.” I was intrigued. I browsed through and found this coach to be Mike Nolan* of the San Francisco 49ers.

As I was flipping through this magazine, my eyes locked onto a picture of George Clooney, John Krasinski, and Renee Zellwegger….

as well as this photo:

These images were from an article about a football movie that Clooney is starring in and directing. It’s called Leatherheads and is slated to be in theatres in 2008.

According to, the film is “a quick-witted romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America’s nascent pro-football league in 1925.”** IMDB summarizes the plot as “a romantic comedy set in the world of 1920s football, where the owner of a professional sports team drafts a straight-laced college sensation,” who then must “watch his new coach fall for his fiancee.”

IMDB’s triva page for this movie currently states that Clooney’s research and preparation process included screening many screwball comedies.

I will certainly be watching it when it opens next year because A. It’s a football movie. B. It’s set during a time when college football was raging across the country but is about professional football. C. I want to find out whether or not the game sequences will incorporate NFL Films-inspired cinematography and editing or if they will adopt the visual style of The Freshman, College, and Horse Feathers (incidentally all college football films and starring comedic geniuses Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers respectively). and D. It would be a treat to view 1920s uniforms and stadiums in color.

A “Coach Troup” person is credited as football coordinator for Leatherheads.

The football game from Horse Feathers:

For more production stills from Leatherheads, click here.

*He’s quite a handsome fellow, n’est-ce pas?

**Please visit for a more detailed plot synopsis.
pix creds: googe image search,, official site of the 49ers

3 thoughts on “Football Movie News: George Clooney goes Leatherheads

  1. Pingback: Leatherheads: Grown Men in Tights and Head Gear « Sitting Pugs: Sports Movies

  2. Rico Mervine

    I read that he that he wanted do a Coronation Street cameo! lmao. Not sure how true this is, has anyone else heard it? There’s a part of me that kind of wishes this is true lol.


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