Bradshaw bares his body in movie
Looks aren't a concern for the former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pssst. Wanna see Terry Bradshaw naked?
What's that you say? Should be good for a laugh, if you don't turn into a pillar of salt first?
That's OK with Bradshaw. As usual, he did it to make you crack up.
Bradshaw bares all in "Failure to Launch," in which he co-stars with Oscar-winner Kathy Bates as the parents of a 35-year-old man (Matthew McConaughey) still living at home. They're reduced to hiring a woman (Sarah Jessica Parker) to seduce their son and induce him to leave.
Once he's out, his room becomes daddy's Naked Room.
"Not that I got a lot to show off here. But I really thought, and I think I'm right," Bradshaw says, "you seeing my butt is a shocker.
"I just thought it shows the people that I've got the guts to do something like that. Which is important for me. It was kind of a brave thing for me. I got a family I got to answer to. I got kids ... my older parents and my preachers and everybody," he says, then busts out laughing: "I'm going to have to answer for this."
In an interview with The Associated Press, Bradshaw offers the same high-energy, easy-to-laugh persona sports fans enjoy on television -- until the bombast and ostensible buffoonery give way to a contemplative 57-year-old man baring his soul.
Been there, done that
But back to the bare butt for a moment: In his playing days, the ex-quarterback got undressed innumerable times in locker rooms with plenty of people around, so he didn't fret too much before walking to the movie set.
"Once I dropped my boxer shorts and exposed myself to the entire crew, it was kind of refreshing in a way," he says, chortling again. "I was like: I can BREATHE.
"It was fun to do. I wish I was about 90 pounds lighter, but it was fun to do."
The Bradshaw you see in the movie tipped the scales at 244. He's down to 228 and hopes to get to his playing weight of 215.
He packed on the pounds because of back problems that he says stem more from running than from injuries during his National Football League career.
Looks no concern
Bradshaw has joked about being ugly, but that's always just been shtick, he says.
"Now if I'm next to Matthew McConaughey, am I ugly? Yeah, yeah. Yeah, I'm ugly. But so are YOU," he says, laughing uproariously and adding: "I don't want to hurt your feelings."
But looks aren't a concern for Bradshaw since he's not planning a feature-film comeback anyway.
It's been a quarter-century since he appeared in "Smokey and the Bandit II" and "The Cannonball Run," playing himself or a variation of himself. He took the part in "Failure to Launch" only after being approached and even initially turning it down -- and stipulating that he would play a "low-key guy."
Tom Dey, the film's director, says: "This turned out to be one of those times when you have a hunch about casting and it works out even better than you could have imagined."
Bradshaw has signed on for one other movie gig, and that's only because Oscar-winning screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton told him he's writing a dramatic scene especially for him.
Not taken seriously
Bradshaw says it was hard to be taken seriously as an actor 25 years ago after being a football star.
"I actually wanted to be accepted, and I wanted to learn the craft of acting, the techniques -- and told the agents that I found, 'I don't want big roles. I don't deserve big roles. I want to earn it, like the others do: Study ... do little scenes'."
He wanted to build a r & eacute;sum & eacute;, "but I never could get to first base, and so that's why I quit."
The former football star has, uh, certainly rounded the bases in other ways, gaining popularity in sportscasting, first on CBS and now on Fox, after winning four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bradshaw, who lives in a Fort Worth, Texas, suburb, is signed to do "NFL Fox Sunday" for six more years. He also raises quarterhorses in Oklahoma and hopes to "eventually downsize" and spend a few months a year in Hawaii.
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