Jim Caviezel Is A Team First Coach With ‘When The Game Stands Tall’

Opening nationwide August 22nd, When The Game Stands Tall centers on Bob Ladouceur, a football coach (he’s known as Coach Lad) who guided the De La Salle High School Spartans to a 151-game winning streak. Although De La Salle’s recruiting has been top notch (past players include Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew and former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Demetrius Williams), it is Ladouceur’s hard nosed, unglamorous, and team first approach that were the ingredients to De La Salle’s continued success.

Jim Caviezel and Kerri Browitt Caviezel at Tri Star Pictures' red carpet premiere of WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL at the Arclight Hollywood Theatre. (Screen Gems, SPE Inc., CR: Eric Charbonneau)
Jim Caviezel and Kerri Browitt Caviezel at Tri Star Pictures’ red carpet premiere of WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL at the Arclight Hollywood Theatre. (Screen Gems, SPE Inc., CR: Eric Charbonneau)

An athletic life is not lost on Jim Caviezel , as he played high school basketball and his father was coached by UCLA legend John Wooden.  In playing Coach LadCaviezel found a unique entryway to the role.

“Right from the get go, I was transfixed by those boys looking at him (and) how they were looking at him. I saw myself not as Coach Lad but as those boys,” said the Person of Interest star. “That was the journey on how to play this guy.”

Click on the audio bar below to hear Caviezel talk about the lessons he learned from his father, and he also talks about the similarities between Coach Ladouceur and the late great John Wooden.

When The Game Stands Tall, directed by Thomas Carter (Coach Carter, Save The Last Dance) also stars Michael Chiklis as assistant coach Terry Eidson.

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