We earlier told you how former “Monday Night Football” sideliner Lisa Guerrero was looking to make it in the movies. Now, Michael Rand of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE has a follow-up Q&A with the aspiring actress.
Guerrero gabs about her upcoming lead role in “A Plumm Summer”, which happens to be produced by her hubby & ex-MLB pitcher Scott Erickson. As any good film promoter would, Lisa lauds her major movie debut as fun for the whole family:
“Our film is a throwback to old Disney movies that you and I grew up watching. It’s all about the story, all about the family drama. No CGI, no special effects. Just a really sweet story.”
Thus, no reason to watch it. However, there is a cameo by the governor of Montana. So the movie’s got that going for it, which is nice.
But it’s been rough road for Lisa’s journey to cinematic stardom:
“I told my agent I really wanted to get back to acting. But every time we had submitted me for an audition, the casting director or producer would say, ‘Oh yeah, we know Lisa Guerrero. But she’s a sportscaster, not an actor.’”
She has managed to make her way into some blockbusters - in “Batman Returs” as a campaign worker, and in “Fire Down Below” as a reporter:
“I get a lot of offers to play reporters. I’ve done that a few times, but that’s another problem: people try to get me for an athlete’s wife or a reporter.”
When discussing her short stay on “MNF”, she does share one amusing story about John Madden. Apparently when there’s no turducken to be had, the big guy likes to rescue cookies from the trash:
“I’m chatting with John Madden about the head coach we had just interviewed. He stops in mid-sentence and lifts up a tray that is clearly leftovers, and right there is a cookie. There were half-eaten cookies around it, but there was one pristine cookie in the middle. He picks up the cookie, starts eating it and continues the conversation as if he hadn’t just picked up leftover food from a tray. For him, it was like, “Why would that be strange?” It was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen …. That’s John Madden right there.”
Now that would make for a fine film. Tell Scott to start lining up investors.
In the meantime, we’ll see how well Lisa’s top-billing debut goes. (Actually, we probably won’t.) But if her first film feature falls flat, she can always return to magazine publishing (NSFW):