Al Pacino: Lamar Jackson Is an Inspiration to Actors


Lamar Mania is in full swing.

Everybody these days has an opinion on Lamar Jackson – even one of the most famous actors.

Al Pacino spoke with The Ringer for an oral history on the movie, "Any Given Sunday" and gave some pretty unreal quotes.

In director Oliver Stone's 1999 football flick, the character of quarterback Willie Beaman (played by Jamie Foxx) was a third-stringer who was denied opportunities to become the starter and moved to defensive back by previous coaches because of his "fast feet." Beaman eventually takes over after injuries.

Former NFL tight end Jamie Williams, who was a consultant on the film, said Beamen "helped open the door for a different type of leader" at quarterback, naming Jackson, Seattle's Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.

"I watch this guy Lamar Jackson. There are occasionally these players that are inspiring because you can see the game that they play is a game, and you can actually sense the joy they have in what they do. That's inspiring. Watching Lamar Jackson is an inspiration to actors," Pacino said.

"Finding that pocket, finding, where is that joy that gets under you and brings you out? The freedom to let go of the conscious, and get it to the unconscious and fly like he does?"

Pacino went on to talk about how impressed he's been by Jackson's throwing accuracy. Here are his full remarks:

It seems just about everybody is drawing some inspiration from Jackson – even last year's MVP.

After juking some defenders and throwing a touchdown pass in the snow last weekend, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes asked a teammate whether he looked like Jackson.

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