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That's Hollywood: Stars Of "Draft Day" Tout Film's Authentic Storyline

Costner will play the role of Browns GM in the Draft Day film
A new film from Lionsgate, "DRAFT DAY," starring KEVIN COSTNER, JENNIFER GARNER and DENIS LEARY is set for release in the summer of '14. It takes "place over a 12-hour period on the first day of the 2014 NFL Draft" and "follows a general manager as his team attempts to acquire the No. 1 overall pick," according to ESPN's Steve Weissman. The film centers on the Browns, with Costner playing the Browns GM. Costner said, "We're trying to make it authentic and Cleveland has a real story." Garner, who plays the team's salary cap guru, said that is "part of what works for our storyline that Cleveland has struggled a bit in the past and they're rebuilding their team right now." The film's director, IVAN REITMAN, said, "What's really interesting is how important the Cleveland Browns are to the city of Cleveland, despite their sort of repeated failure. I think it almost makes them more special that every draft day is a new opportunity." Reitman added the NFL Draft is a "fascinating experience and most people think of it as that show on television once a year. But really that's just a surface product. Really what's going on in the Draft is everything in war rooms -- 32 of them -- across the country." Leary said, "We spent a lot of time and a lot of detail and a lot of work on the football scenes" ("NFL Live," ESPN2, 7/19).

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