Michael Chiklis On Team Spirit Behind ‘When The Game Stands Tall’

Opening August 22, When The Game Stands Tall centers on the inspiring journey of Coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel)and the De La Salle Spartans. Their string of 151 consecutive wins is an accomplishment which won’t be matched by a high school team anytime soon, and  co-star Michael Chiklis (he plays assistant coach Terry Eidson) talks about the roots of the Spartans’ success.

“When you listen to the speeches, when you watch the DVDs, when you see the way he handles the guys – (Coach Lad’s) demeanor – there’s nothing false about it,” said Chiklis. “There’s no doubt in my mind that they were the most incredibly successful team in the history of American sport because of philosophy, which I find fascinating.”

Michael Chiklis & Jim Caviezel in When The Game Stands Tall (Tri-Star Pictures, Photo:Tracy Bennett)
Michael Chiklis & Jim Caviezel in When The Game Stands Tall (Tri-Star Pictures, Photo: Tracy Bennett)

Placing team before one’s ego is just one of Coach Lad’s many teachings, and for one to succeed in any life venture, collaboration is a huge part of the equation. That spirit lived during the production of When The Game Stands Tall, and Chiklis liked the atmosphere to his time on the acclaimed series The Shield.

Click on the audio below to hear Chiklis, whose own youth was spent playing baseball, hockey, and football, talk about his experience working on When The Game Stands Tall:

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