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Rudy Can't Fail
BRIAN KOPPELMAN
December 24, 2012
A screenwriter implores Hollywood not to give up on sports movies, which, like many of their protagonists, are true underdogs
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December 24, 2012

Rudy Can't Fail

A screenwriter implores Hollywood not to give up on sports movies, which, like many of their protagonists, are true underdogs

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Rudy made me remember our best qualities: courage, bravery, steadfastness, empathy, sacrifice, the pure love of a noble idea, the joy of pushing yourself beyond your capacity to accomplish the impossible. I was also reminded of sports teams I had made, been cut from, sat on the bench for and, somehow, contributed to. And of times I had found my own impossible goals and set out to chase them despite knowing the odds against success. Rudy hammered these things home the same way Rocky had 17 years before it and Remember the Titans would seven years later. And I was grateful I decided to give the film a chance.

Having been in the movie business since 1997, when David Levien and I wrote Rounders (a sports movie of a sort), I understand its realities. I know that it's easier to market and sell comic book characters and sequels. And that sports movies are hard for the studios to justify financially. But I also know that when they are done right, sports movies are magical and important. And so in the same way I rooted for the coach to do the right thing and put Rudy on that field, I'm rooting for Hollywood to find a way to do the right thing and give us a few more of the transcendent film moments that only a sports movie can bring.

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