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NFL Takes Issue With Scene In Original Script For Upcoming "Draft Day" Film

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The NFL participated in the creation of the upcoming film "Draft Day," but the league "nixed ... one element in the script: when angry Browns fans hang" Kevin Costner's charatcter in effigy, according to Sam Farmer of the L.A. TIMES. Costner plays fictional Browns GM Sonny Weaver Jr. in the film, and he said, "I thought it was a real funny moment, but I think the NFL's really cracking down on fan behavior both inside the stadium and outside. ... That was a small price for us to pay, but it shows that they were watching very closely." Farmer notes parts of the movie were "shot at Radio City Music Hall before and during the 2013 draft," and the NFL "went to great lengths to give the shots a realistic feel." That includes making "fake 2014 media credentials for the actors and extras, and even dummied-up media guides and statistics books with 2014 on the covers." The NFL's decision to allow team and league marks to be used in the film comes in contrast to many recent football-related movies. Costner said, "I think they had a comfort level with the script on its face value and a high comfort level with me." He added he would not have participated in the film "unless the NFL was involved." Costner: "The last thing I would want to do is a football movie with jerseys that I don't recognize and names of teams that I don't recognize" (LATIMES.com, 4/1).
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