Chat: 'Glory Road' Special
Actor Josh Lucas, who plays Texas Western head coach Don Haskins, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer will stop by The Show first to discuss the movie. They will be followed in chat by two members of that Texas Western team, David Lattin and Nevil Shed.
Send your questions now and join the chat on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET!
1 p.m. ET - Actor Josh Lucas
Lucas' filmography includes "Sweet Home Alabama," "A Beautiful Mind," "Wonderland," "Hulk," and most recently "Stealth" and "An Unfinished Life."
1:30 p.m. ET - Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
Bruckheimer is a major power player in Hollywood, having produced such films as "Beverly Hills Cop I and II," "Top Gun," "Armageddon," "Remember the Titans," and "Blackhawk Down," just to name a few.
2 p.m. ET - Former Texas Western Star David Lattin
At 6'7", "Big Daddy D" Lattin was the muscle in the Miners' frontcourt. Lattin, who started his collegiate career at Tennessee State before transferring, had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the title game versus Kentucky, including a monster dunk on Kentucky's Pat Riley in the early going.
2:30 p.m. ET - Former Texas Western Star Nevil Shed
Shed, whose nickname was The Shadow, scored 9 points in the semifinals against Utah to help Texas Western reach the title game. At 6'8", Shed teamed with Lattin to help form the Miners' frontcourt. He is currently working at the University of Texas-San Antonio as the coordinator of student programs.
For more on the movie, check out the official site.
Buzzmaster (1:03 PM)
Keep sending in those questions and get ready to talk about "Glory Road." Josh will be here momentarily!
Did you feel a lot of pressure in making Glory Road? Trying to live to so many people's expectations?
Josh Lucas (1:09 PM)
Yeah, I kind of went into this a little blindly. When I realized how incredible of a story this was, in a way, it was very very daunting. The more I spent time with coach Hastings and the other people involved was how great they were. Coaching is kind of generic, but they helped me not be generic.
What was it like playing a real-life character. Did you feel even more responsiblity to get it right? Was it more difficult playing someone real, than being able create your own character?
Josh Lucas (1:10 PM)
It is way more difficult. You feel a sense of responsibility. You have so many people that know this story. All the people that watched him coach, knew how he coached. So I had to make it like him.
Can't wait to see it
It seems like every great coach has some kind of signature style or dress or mannerisms .. did you take that into account when trying to embody Coach Haskins?
Josh Lucas (1:11 PM)
Absolutely. Haskins is a sarcasitc rattlesnake. What I mean is that he coached in a style that could be funny and yet intimidating. I was trying to consistently find that odd wit that was forceful.
JP (Bowling Green)
Did you ever have a coach who inspired you?
Josh Lucas (1:13 PM)
You know, not to this level. One of the things that was so interesting about these NCAA coaches is that they take a good high school player and turn them into possible NBA players. But an NCAA coach is also a life coach. I actually wish I did. These guys can push you harder than you ever did.
Did you know much about this story before you were offered the role?
Josh Lucas (1:14 PM)
I didn't know, honestly, anything about it. I didn't know basketball that well. I had to really watch the game so I could be able watch the game and respond to what was happening in the way Haskins would. My brother set up a basketball hoop and he would play and I would scream at him like Haskins would.
Mary, Weirton, WV
Stealth and Poseidon were both physically demanding roles (obviously, since you were injured while filming them). Was Glory Road demanding physically? Which do you prefer- a role that is physically demanding or one that is mentally demanding?
Josh Lucas (1:16 PM)
Glory Road was physically demanding because I had to gain weight to be able to move and coach like him. If I had a preference, physically demanding movies.
It seems like the "in" thing for celebrities now is to align themselves with a team ... if you were going to become a superfan of a particular team, pro or college, who would it be?
Josh Lucas (1:17 PM)
I was lucky enough to be at the Rose Bowl the other day. I was watching Vince Young and became a big fan. I'm from Washington, so I'm looking forward to the Seahawks.
Josh....whats your favorite movie you have ever acted in? Whats your favorite sports movie of all time?
Josh Lucas (1:18 PM)
It really is Glory Road. I'm not trying to overhype or oversell it. It deals with so many different issues. I've had a lot of people come up to me and say it was the best sports movie of all time. Charles Barkley came up to me and thanked me over and over.
Jason in TEX
Is it true you moved 30 times before you were 13? What's that all about? Did you know you wanted to be an actor back then?
Josh Lucas (1:19 PM)
It is true. My parents were anti-nuclear activists and we moved every 6 months. The reason I am an actor is that I would lay in bed before school and try to decide who I wanted to be at that school.
Sean (Hagerstown, MD)
Josh, I heard you were a pretty good soccer player back in high school, and read an interview that you mentioned you'd like to find time to start playing soccer again (as a "hobby" of course). Did you play any other sports growing up (baseball, football, basketball)? Thanks, and glad to see you're finally breaking out big time. It's about time!!!
Josh Lucas (1:20 PM)
At one point U-12, U-13, they decided we were one of the best in the country and they brought the Germans over to play us. They destroyed us. I played all through high school I played football for one year. I don't have great hand-eye coordination.
Hey Josh, I assume there is a lot of racial conflict in this movie, is it difficult at times to but yourself into that '66 state of mind? especially the way the racial attitude (in sports) has changed in America. Good luck
Josh Lucas (1:22 PM)
Yeah, it is because particular for the black actors in this movie. Now, you wouldn't accept many of the things that happened back then. Some of the things said back then wouldn't be accepted now. You figure the difference in time.
Just say it .. you are WAY better in this movie than Ben Affleck would have been. A little Hollywood trash talk?!!
Josh Lucas (1:23 PM)
I'll say it. The reason is that I look quite a bit like Haskins and he doesn't look like him at all. And I had the support of El Paso and everyone involved in the show.
Herman (Charlotte, NC)
What attracted you to your role/character in this movie? And how difficult was the research for not only you but the rest of the cast?
Josh Lucas (1:24 PM)
The research was difficult because we really wanted to get it right. We didn't want it to get cliched. All the moments came from the research. I lined my trailer with photographs, so much so that I would disagree with Haskins about his own life. I would show him the photos. The main thing for me was the great fun of the weight gain.
Josh (Atlantic City)
How's the media blitz going? It seems like you really enjoyed doing this movie. Is that true? And what's it like doing a media blitz for a movie that you didn't enjoy? Do you have to lie?
Josh Lucas (1:26 PM)
good question. I love doing the media blitz because the reception has been exceptional. We did 2.5 months. We've had great time. The truth of the matter is is that it's really hard doing press if you don't like the movie. For example, I don't think Stealth was a bad movie, but I think it was really hard to make.
Bw (Provo, UT)
Josh, With all the promotions for "Glory Road" aside, what was it likt to kiss Reese Witherspoon?
Josh Lucas (1:27 PM)
She's great, honestly. She's a great kisser. I'm not answering this in a safe way. She's really devoted to her husband, but she's a good kisser.
Josh, when you are pitched a project like Glory Road, how much does the fact it is a "sports movie" play into your decision process? Does it make it more risky that say a totally fictional movie?
Josh Lucas (1:28 PM)
It does make it more risky, because sports movies are so cliched and you have an incredible true story in this one and we're trying to make it as fun and playful that it's a deep, dark story in a way. You have the real people watching you.
Josh Lucas (1:29 PM)
I enjoyed it. IT's been extraordinary to be a part of, particularly of all the sports people. Pat Riley took the Miami Heat to watch it the other day to show them what it's all about.
Derek New Orleans, La
Jerry, being from New Orleans I know that you guys did some filming here. First of all how did you like the City, and secondly did any of the game footage that was shot here make it to the movie? Thanks!
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:35 PM)
We love New Orleans, we're coming back in February. It has some of the best food in the world. I would say 80% of the baskeball footage is from New Orleans.
Bobby C, Cherry Hill, NJ
For Jerry Bruckheimer: As our generations preeminent story teller, how do you hope Glory Road will affect young people?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:36 PM)
I think, unless you know history, you're doomed to repeat it. People under 50, don't realize what basketball is like. A great way to educate people is to entertain them. This team changed it all.
Long Island N.Y.
Great story and it needs to be seen by today's athletes. I've only seen a trailer for the movie but I was disappointed by the style of basketball displayed in the film. I don't believe dunking and "alley-oops" were a part of the game back in the '60's. I know hollywood goes for the dramatic but athletes need to be shown the style of play was not the "in your face", unsportsmanlike style of today's games. Other than that I am looking forward to seeing the nmovie with my kids.
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:37 PM)
The basketball is on the most part is accurate. In the last game, we take some liberties.
Alex, Albuquerque, NM
I grew up in El Paso and can't begin to tell you how important Coach Haskins is to everyone in that town. Did you get a sense of that and was did it make it hard to live up to him while filming there?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:38 PM)
We definitely got a sense of that. We know how much of a hero he is. He had a lot of opportunities to move on, but he wanted to stay in El Paso. It's hard to make a movie and keep it accurate, but Don said he like it.
Adrian (El Paso, TX)
To the players, do you think the movie shows an accurate depiction of Adolph Rupp? I know Kewntucky fans are worried he will be shown as a bigot. Do you think he was villified?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:39 PM)
Adolph Rupp was an amazing competitor and an amazing coach. He also was a man of the times. There were no black players in his conference.
Bw (Provo, UT)
Jerry, man are you busy! Do you ever sleep?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:40 PM)
I do. I get a good night's sleep occasionaly.
Did you enjoy working with Derek Luke and Jon Voigt?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:40 PM)
I've worked with Jon four times. Derek is an amazing actor and we're fortunate he wanted to make the movie with us.
Linda, Anchorage, Alaska
A comment to Jerry. Please have Josh in your other movies. Everyone at joshlucasunderground thinks hes HOT in the movie.
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:41 PM)
Good. Bring all your friends. You won't be disappointed.
Dougie Fresh (DC)
What was the most difficult thing to portray accurately in the movie?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:42 PM)
I think it's always the characters and individuals. To show them in the way everyone remembers them. WE try to sift throw everyoen's memories to find something true and honest.
Tyler (Kearney, NE)
Jerry, of all the movies and all of the actors, which are your personal favorites?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:42 PM)
I'm fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful actors.
Jerry, how much of a help is to have the main characters (Coach Haskins in this film and Coach Herman Boone in Remember the Titans) be able to give their advice? It has to be a huge asset right?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:43 PM)
It's absolutely right. The only way to get it right is to have it right from their mouths.
Mr. Bruckheimer...is there a DREAM movie that you want to or already have produced? Why?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:44 PM)
There are 43 movies and we have them in development. We've made most of them and hopefully we'll get the other ones too.
Mark (Kansas City)
How has the movie been received in KY?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:45 PM)
I really don't. Pat Riley saw it and liked it very much. Some of the other players from KY saw the movie and thought it was very accurate. I do know that when we had the preview in Louisville and a friend of mine saw ti and everyone applauded in the theater.
Leslie (Chicago, IL)
Are you a big college hoops fan? Who is going to win this year's NCAA Championship
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:45 PM)
I'm not a hoops fan. I'm more of a hockey fan. Hockey and football. I do follow basketball and it look slike Duke might runaway with it.
Allison (Las Vegas)
What's the single best perk of being a hollywood heavyweight?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:46 PM)
I think the fact that I get to work in that business and get to make motion pictures and TV shows. I feel really blessed to be doing what I'm doing.
Dougie Fresh (DC)
Is there any critical history of this team that you had to leave out of the movie?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:47 PM)
Not really. WE tried to put everything in that we felt pertinate into the film.
Steven H. (Work)
Which is more challenging .. make realistic sports scenes or realistic action sequences?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:47 PM)
I think the action sequences are much more complicated. For realistic sports scenes, you just have to get great athletes.
Tyler (Kearney, NE)
Jerry, would you rather be a part of a sports movie, or an action/adventure/drama?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:48 PM)
I love them both. It's hard to seperate them both. Hopefully they'll allow me to make a lot more of them.
Do you have any other movies you're working on at the moment?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:49 PM)
Yes we're working on the Pirates of the Caribean 2 and 3.
Anthony (El Paso, TX)
Jerry, I just want to say thank you for finally making a movie about our school here in El Paso. We all love, and it will be sold out for months here in El Paso. Can you tell me what did you like about El Paso and the UTEP campus when you were here a couple of months ago promoting the movie.
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:50 PM)
I love the enthusiasm of the student body. It's a wonderful campus. It's the good spirit of the school that we loved.
Mr. Bruckheimer..thank you so much for chatting but thank you even more for making this movie which is long overdue for being told to the world. My family still has the original game on videotape a?? all black and white w/little announcing a?? ita??s priceless. What persuaded you to make this film?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:51 PM)
It's a very emotional story and it changed college basketball for the better. The men and the coach in the story deserve to be remembered.
Josh (Dallas from El Paso)
Thanks for making this movie. Everyone in El Paso grows up hearing this story. We're thrilled everyone else can will know about Don and his team.
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:52 PM)
How do you know what's enough sports scenes and what's too much?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:53 PM)
I think you have to give great characterizations of the players and coaches. you have to show the pivotal games and hopefully in Glory Road we didn't overdo it.
I heard the audience testing for this movie was through the roof? Is that true? And how much stock can you put in that stuff?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:53 PM)
It is true. We had a 88% def. recommend. I love it and I'm glad we're doing it. I'm glad we got the reaction we did. I'm still worried about the opening weekend. I never take anything for granted.
Linda, Anchorage, Alaska
What was it like to work with Josh Lucas?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:54 PM)
He's a terrific individual a great actor. I look forward to doing things again with him.
michael (el paso, tx)
Haskins always said that he wanted to win the game, is that the goal in this movie, or is it about five blacks players being the first to play in the championship game?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:55 PM)
I think it's a dual situation. Don of course wanted to win. He felt he put his best athletes on the court.
I know you are a huge hockey fan. After making a football and basketball movie, what about a movie about Willie O'Ree, who integrated the NHL in 1958?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:56 PM)
You know, we're certainly looking for a hockey movie to make. We're looking for the right story to tell.
Dougie Fresh (DC)
What is the next movie on your plate that would be based on a true story?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:56 PM)
Yes, we have a number of them that are based on true sports stories.
A Bruckheimer film with no explosions? What gives?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:56 PM)
Well, there are many emotional explosions and great, exciting basketball.
Derrick (Charleston, SC)
Is the scene where the kids mother went to class with him true?
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:57 PM)
I really don't know the answer to that. I know that Don called the mother, because she was a big influence in his life.
Jerry Bruckheimer (1:58 PM)
We hope that you go with your families. It's a movie to see with your families. You don't have to be a big basketball fan to see this movie. Women like this movie as much as men.
Buzzmaster (1:59 PM)
David "Big Daddy" Lattin is coming up next!!
This question is for David Lattin. How hard was it to focus on the game, with all the racism you players had to endure?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:03 PM)
I had tunnel vision. I had someplace I wanted to go - a goal I wanted to reach. And I wasn't going to let anything get in the way of that. I just blocked the other stuff out and that helped me a lot.
Ramiro Mena : El Paso, Texas
A couple of questions for David Lattin Myth, Legend, or Fact? Did Don Haskins tell you to dunk on UK the first chance you got in order to send them a message? Second, Don Haskins' recruiting is legendary. He challenged Jim "Bad News" Barnes to a free throw shooting contest to get him to sign. Barnes lost and TWC won. How did he recruit you to El Paso from Houston/Tennessee St.?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:06 PM)
No, he did not. And I talk about that in my book (which will soon be available at http://daddylattinsslamdunktoglory.com)...Coach and I had an understanding, but you can never plan a dunk, so it would be awkward for that to happen. To answer the second part, the real reason I came there was because of Bad News Barnes. I liked his game and the way he played. And he's the reason I went there. He convinced me to do so and coach liked to send the ball inside, so of course I liked that.
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:07 PM)
It does not show Adolph Rupp as the way he was. Rupp never said anything derogatory to me, so I would think it was inaccurate.
Mr Lattin...Are you still living in El Paso today and if so do you attend Miner games?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:08 PM)
No I live in Houston and I try to get down there to watch them play a couple times a year.
Derrick (Charleston, SC)
Does this movie closely follow the the actual lives of the people involved or has the story been sensationalized for hollywood purposes?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:09 PM)
Along those lines, let me say this. The movie was based on a true story. Hollywood has a way of doing movie. If you ask me if the movie makes sense, it absolutely does, because of what it's worth. It's about more than just a game. It's about race relations as well. I watched the movie with LeBron James and he said if he ever wants to get fired up, he'll watch this movie.
Regarding the actual build up of the game, what was the atmosphere like around campus for the Western players?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:11 PM)
Fabulous. First of all, no one in El Paso expected us to go that far. It was completely out of this world. I know for a fact that nothing that big had happened in El Paso before. I still meet people today - including a businessman who said he wore my wristbands when he played basketball, so it was absolutely tremendous.
Does the movie touch on all the controversial issues that existed during that era in the not so distant pass or does it simply gloss over them as Hollywood is known to do and turn this into another stereotypical African American based basketball movie?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:13 PM)
The movie's not perfect and it does touch on the times. Hollywood has the tendency to portray what they want to portray, but they certainly did as good a job on touch on the race issue as they could have.
This question is for David Lattin. What was first thing that crossed your mind when the game was over?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:15 PM)
My book, "Lattin's Slam Dunk to Glory" tells it...I didn't feel relieved like some would expect. I wanted to go out and play some more, dunk some more. I don't think I'd ever felt like that before. I thought about how nice it would be to get back there the following year as well.
Since you've kept following Miner basketball, who's your all-time fav Miner?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:17 PM)
Bobby Joe Hill. In fact, my take is that he was the finest player in the country that year. We were both all-americans, but he has always been my favorite player. And I know there have been some other great ones to play there.
Josh (Bozeman, MT)
Did you and Coach Riley have a chance to "re-live" your big dunk on him in the championship game at some point during filming?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:18 PM)
Not during the filming, but about 2 weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting him for the first time. We talked about the dunk and a lot of things for about 3 hours. He's very gracious about being the recipient and understands that he was just trying to cover for one of his teammates. He's come to grips with that's what happened and the dunk meant everything to us as a team as far as winning was concerned.
Patrick (St Paul)
Did Josh Lucas capture the Haskins as you remember? Do you want to walk up to him and call him coach?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:19 PM)
First of all, Josh is a lot better looking than Haskins has ever been. Even though he did a good job, Don was quite different from that. There was time when Josh would smile, and I never saw coach Haskins smile. Winning by 10, 20, never saw it.
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:21 PM)
After 2 years on the varsity, all-american...and in a game against Kansas, I made an 18-footer and he said, "Son, that's a way to shoot it". And that was the first positive thing he ever said to me. But that's just the way he was, which is OK with me, because I was self-motivated.
Chris- Sheridan, WY
Mr Lattin, What kind of contact do you have with your former teammates? Also, do you have or did you maintain any contacts with the Kentucky team you beat? Thanks, Chris
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:25 PM)
From time to time we talk. Just recently, we've spoken much more often with the release of the movie coming and such.
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:26 PM)
Thank you for all of the questions and enjoy the movie. If you'd like to read more about the team, please grab my book, "Lattin's Slam Dunk to Glory". Thanks again!
Buzzmaster (2:27 PM)
Big Daddy D's frontcourt mate, Nevil Shed, will be joining us momentarily, so please stick around.
Buzzmaster (2:30 PM)
Actually, since Nevil's running a bit late, David's going to stick around for a couple more questions...
Jesse Swinford (Pryor, Oklahoma)
Where did you get your nickname
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:32 PM)
The nickname was just Big D in high school. When I got to Texas Western, the PR guy who nicknamed Bad News Barnes, called me Big Daddy.
Mr Lattin I saw the movie in a sneak peak last week and just wanted to say that I was very inspired by what it was that you and your teamates went through the way you from what I saw and read never let what people said really get to you in a true showing of courage.
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:33 PM)
Thank you very much. During those times, blacks weren't voting then, etc. And I went to a segregated school in Houston. I learned early how to concentrate and turn off the bad vibes and think about the positives. You can't let your emotions get away from you, because they take away from what you want to achieve. We all appreciate your comment!
Andrew , El Paso Texas
When you lived in el paso...did you like the mexican food?? :)
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:34 PM)
I wasn't really that much of a mexican food eater, but I got used to it.
Are the NCAA Tournament overtime games Texas Western played in Lubbock against Cinn. and Kansas portrayed in the movie?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:35 PM)
Not on Cincinnati, but the Kansas game with Jo Jo White was.
Caesar EL PASO!
Is it true that Bobby Jo did not return with the group after the champioship game? I heard he went to Detroit to be with his ill father. Is this true?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:36 PM)
He did go home to see his dad, that's correct.
PJ College Park, MD
Did you enjoy playing in Cole Field House, and is the movie, had a replica of Cole?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:38 PM)
That didn't look like Cole Field House. But when you get inside the gym, it's all the same....94 feet, rims are 10 feet high, so a gym is a gym for me. The lighting may be different and the talent you play against is too, but a gym is a gym for me.
Jesus Spokane WA
What did you feel going into the game?
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:39 PM)
One of my teammates, Dick Myers, said he felt anger. I was so busy thinking about the guy I was going to play. Scoring, getting rebounds and blocking shots. I had scouted them the day before and I knew what they were going to do. I had never seen them before. No CNN, ESPN to look at back then so I had no idea who Adolph Rupp was, or anything.
Cayne (Federal Way, WA)
Does 'Road to Glory' compete on the same level as 'Remember the Titans?'
David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin (2:41 PM)
Here's the thing. Glory Road is a different story and time. Everything about the emotional part is completely different, because this can never happen again. That's what makes this different from any movie that will ever be filmed. And to answer your question, Glory Road will be better, because even if you don't like basketball, you can enjoy the human part of the story.
Buzzmaster (2:44 PM)
Nevil Shed is set to join us soon, so please stick around.
This question is for The Shadow: Did you realize during the season and up through the championship game the social impact that you and your teammates had on basketball or did it take some time afterwards? Also, were you able to enjoy the journey? Thank you.
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (2:48 PM)
Let me tell you. During the season, it was just the attitude of playing one game at a time and by all means, winning. We had a lot of pressure games and people would ask what our toughest game was, and it was practice! God, I hated our coach, but we were so prepared and we didn't feel the pressure in the championship game because of it. As far as the impact, we had no idea at all. We were just trying to win a title. And when it was over, we were just happy to be the 1966 champions. We didn't realize the impact until much later. We just young kids and hyped into playing the game.
Ryan, Chicago IL
Mr. Shed, If you could use one word to describe your team, what would it be and why?
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (2:49 PM)
Cohesiveness. This team in '66 was a "we" team, not a "me" team. We played together, lived together, ate together. We depended upon each other for success. And as you see, it ended up being one of the most successful teams of the times.
Javier (Austin Texas)
How did you get your nickname (the shadow)
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (2:51 PM)
If anyone knew about Nevil, aka the Shadow. I was the center on the team. I was 6'8", 187 lbs. soaking wet. I was considered a defensive specialist. My job was to hold down the best opposing player, whether they were a guard or whatever. And I guarded them so tight, that I was like their shadow!
Jon in Dallas
Nevil, how accurately do you feel the movie portrayed you? What would you have changed?
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (2:53 PM)
Whenever you have a movie based on a true story, artistic license will be big for marketing value. In the '60s, these things all COULD have happened. But did they happen? No. The gentleman that portrayed me (Al Shearer) did a great job. I did have ups and downs at Texas Western, but at the end of the game, what I say in the movie is something I actually said to my mom.
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (2:54 PM)
I've seen the movie five times, and I want to say that every time I watch it, I get the same emotion that this could have happened this way. And the message it sends to people is very powerful.
Henry Hernandez (San Antonio, TX)
I just wanted to tell Coach Shed that it was a pleasure working with him at UTSA when I used to work at Student Activities with Michelle (Downtown) and I can't wait to see the movies because I always remember the stories you used to tell us.
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (2:56 PM)
I have a great job. I'm student coordinator at UTSA and I have a job that surrounds me with the young and old college students of color. They'll come in asking questions about the team and such, and it's a part of life that they never knew. It's a great way to talk about how to make tomorrow just a little better. I have a hard time saying no to any of them!
Luther, (Dallas, TX)
I have not seen the film yet, but am looking forward to it. The implications and reverberations of the game cannot be overstated. Athletics to a large extent have made great inroads. Hopefully, there will be other opportunities opening up in society for greater inclusion across the board.
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (2:58 PM)
Definitely so. Today, a lot of emphasis is on diversity and inclusion. For that as an athlete during that time....what we did...it was going to happen eventually, but it sped up the process. When we talk about inclusion, I like the word "equitable", because we see people have the ability but some don't have the same input. There's a ceiling where everything's hitting that ceiling and spreading out. So a movie like this will stimulate the mind of people from yesterday and today and open those doors.
What was your initial reaction after hearing that this story was finally going to be told on the big screen with the big producer and big cast?
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (2:59 PM)
Very simple. 40 years late, but 40 years right on time.
In your opinion, who was the greatest player of your era??
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (3:01 PM)
Wow...I was trying to be like Bill Russell.He was somebody that I liked to watch play. He play tenacious defense. He had zero tolerance, and he went through controversy in college and in the pros. He's still recognized highly in athletics today.
do you ever get tired of being asked about the game?
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (3:01 PM)
Never. No. The more they ask, the more I love talking about it. It's a good story and a story that continues to be told and needs to be told.
David, Grand Rapids, Michigan
I am so proud to be an African American. The movie premiere was awesome. We laughed and literally cried. Have any of the players plans to lecture to youth about their travels on Glory Road? If so, how do we go about reaching them?
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (3:04 PM)
That's one of my goals right now. As a matter of fact, I have a website that will be coming out early next week. My focus will be talking at churches, because that's a strong portion of my life. The address of the site will be known later today.
Buzzmaster (3:05 PM)
I will post Nevil's website address when it is known so that anyone interested can find it.
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (3:05 PM)
If you are looking for a motivational speaker, use me. I am living proof of Glory Road.
Charlie (Seattle, WA)
What would you say to kids to explain the effect that team had?
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (3:07 PM)
I guess I would say that this team had togetherness. It was a team that had the attitude of "what can I do to make my teammate a little better". Being a "we" team, we represented ourselves well - our character, our sportsmanship, our enthusiasm. When you're in an environment where you're comfortable, it helps you produce better and feel better.
Is the championship game in the movie true to the actual game? What changes if any had to be made to fit the film medium?
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (3:11 PM)
A lot of our games in the movie were close or had to come back. But that season, we started most of our games with 5 players. Lattin's dunk at the beginning of the game, Flournoy's injury and Bobby Joe's steals and the score were all right. It was definitely a hard-played game, and sportsmanship was at a high level. There was no slurs on the floor or anything like that. One thing I don't recall is seeing so many rebel flags in the stands, but I was so focused, it's hard to say for sure. We had a game plan and our game plan turned out to be very successful!
Nevil ''The Shadow'' Shed (3:13 PM)
Sing our Song everyone. Let this movie be a good learning tool. And carry on the things we did then into our lives for today's efforts. In other words, let's not forget where we came from, those who sacrificed so we could speak our minds and have the opportunity to make choices! Thanks everyone.
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