Despite another dreadful season, the Knicks want to prove they still have plenty of diehard support, by showing 30-second TV spots featuring fans talking about their devotion to the team.
Apparently the Knicks couldn’t find enough devotees, so they ended up using actors.
The NEW YORK POST reports that the team sought the services an agency called Impossible Casting to dig up faces for their ads. Agency owner Craig Lechner said that MSG gave him “explicit orders to seek actors, as long as they weren’t SAG members or recognizable character players.”
One of the knock-off Knicks fans described his experience.
Joshua Sankey played a fan scavenging for Eddy Curry’s socks (don’t ask). For landing the unreal role, he explained, “I auditioned. They wanted me to play a blue-collar guy. They asked me if I was a fan or not, but they said I didn’t have to be.”
Team officials admitted to using thespians for their TV spots, but say the ads were done “in good faith“, claiming that those seen on the small screen are “both actors and Knicks fans - categories that are not mutually exclusive.”
But you have to give these guys credit. Playing a Knicks fan nowadays has to be one of the greatest acting jobs ever.