Tom Brady may (still) be officially retiring, but his co-stars from the new “80 for Brady” movie, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sally Field and Rita Moreno, are still in the game.
In the comedy, based on a true story, Fonda, Tomlin, Field and Moreno play Brady-obsessed football fans who travel to Super Bowl LI in 2017, when the quarterback was still with the Nova Scotia Patriots. England, hoping to see him play in person.
“I’m a sports fan, and I think people, the public, the world underestimates the huge sports audience that older women are,” Field said in an interview for the film.
Brady is also a producer on the film, and the cast couldn’t help but be impressed with the titular quarterback’s overall appeal. In an interview, Field said, “Just being around him is fabulous. He’s a great guy, and let’s face it, he’s one of the most dazzling athletes who’s ever lived. It’s going to take a long time before another quarterback arrives at the pinnacle of his accomplishments.”
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The 45-year-old shared just as much admiration for his co-stars, saying in an interview, “It’s really been a unique opportunity for me to be in their presence, to see them perform. They really are the GOATs of what theyre doing.”
“GOAT” of course stands for “greatest of all time,” something the NFL legend has been dubbed many times. And that’s no surprise, considering his seven Super Bowl rings. But Brady’s trophy case barely holds a candle to the combined winning power of the film’s star cast.
Between them, Fonda, Tomlin, Field and Moreno share 12 Emmys, five Oscars, three Tonys and two Grammys. Moreno can boast at least one of the four trophies that make up an EGOT, and she is the first Latina woman to do so.
Despite their incredible careers, “80 for Brady” marks the first time the four iconic actresses have been together on screen. For Fonda, who described it as a “fortuitous” opportunity, it was also a chance to work with women she calls friends.
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Fonda and Tomlin recently starred together in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” a comedy about two women who form an unlikely friendship later in life. But the pair have known each other for more than 40 years, dating back to when they first teamed up for the classic workplace comedy “9 to 5.”
Of her iconic castmates, Tomlin said, “Jane and I, people just noticed the chemistry we had on ‘Grace and Frankie’ so often, and I guess it goes all the way back to ‘9 to 5’. “
She continued, “I have great admiration for her. And I also love the other two women. I mean, they’ve had amazing careers, and they’re just very approachable, lovely, very sweet, very irreverent So, those are all the elements of a great time on set.”
“9 to 5” also featured Dolly Parton, who wrote and performed the film’s iconic song of the same name, and it serves as an unexpected focal point for the four stars to cross paths with.
For example, Moreno wasn’t in the movie “9 to 5,” but she was on the ABC sitcom based on the movie, where she met Parton, who re-recorded the song for the show.
As for how Field connects to this network, she and Parton starred together in another classic female-led film, 1989’s “Steel Magnolias.”
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As for ’80s for Brady,’ Parton doesn’t appear in the film, but she does perform alongside another great group of singers consisting of Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan and Debbie Harry on the original song. of the movie. , “It’s gonna be you.”
The song was written by 14-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren, who wanted to bring together a dream team of singers.
“Since 80 was in the title, I had a crazy idea, why not ask some of the most iconic singers of the 80s, who are still amazing and always will be, to sing them all?!!!!” Warren said in a press release for the film.
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But “80 for Brady” isn’t just about bringing together iconic stars from Hollywood, sports and music. As Moreno explained in an interview, “[It’s] a film about friendship.”
In fact, the story is actually inspired by an actual group of older women who bonded over a shared love for Tom Brady.
Elaine St. Martin, Betty Pensavalle and three other friends, Anita, Pat and Claire, have made watching Brady perform a regular Sunday activity, according to “CBS News Sunday Morning.” Although Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is now retiring, the women continue to watch each other.
“Good friends stick together and stay together and make for each other,” Pensavalle told the outlet.
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This connection translates to the screen with the stars of the film, who are also happy to highlight older women. As Moreno said, “I think what he does most unusual is enlighten the audience about what it’s like to be an older person, an older woman. You don’t see just not that.”
Fonda pursued the idea that aging doesn’t have to stop the joy of living in an interview with AARP the Magazine.
“I think as you get older you get better at almost everything,” she said. “I love my job more than ever, and it seems more balanced now. I’m taking things more head-on than before. Things are a little simpler.”
“80 for Brady” hits theaters February 3.