Yes, that Kevin James. The same Kevin James who’s best known for Paul Blart: Mall Cop and The King of Queens will now be playing the role of Saints head coach Sean Payton.
What the hell is going on here?
The movie, called Home Team, is being produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions and will chronicle Sean Payton’s stint as offensive coordinator for his son’s sixth-grade football team during his suspension for the Bountygate scandal in 2012.
Filming for the movie is set to begin this year, and apparently Payton himself has reviewed and edited the script.
Now, first things first: I like Kevin James. He’s been in some great Adam Sandler movies (so I’m sure it’s no coincidence that he was chosen for the role) like Grown Ups and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and while I wasn’t a regular watcher of The King of Queens, I caught a few episodes and enjoyed them when it was on.
But come on, that’s who you choose to play one of the most badass coaches in the NFL? (Remember, I’m biased here). The guy had the balls to go for an onside kick to start the second half of a Super Bowl, and you choose Paul Blart to play him in a movie? No way.
Well I’m not the only one who’s a little bewildered by the casting choice.
Others had better ideas for who should play Payton in a movie. And while pretty much any idea is better than Kevin James, some of the more popular names being thrown around were Kenny Chesney and Frankie Muniz, who both actually bear a resemblance to the coach.