On Tuesday night, Tom Brady made his Hollywood debut, walking the red carpet for the premiere of 80 for Brady, a film he produced and stars in (as himself).
Fans went wild for the NFL star, chanting his name and taking photos as he arrived at the Westwood theater. Along with Brady, the four award-winning actresses Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sally Field, and Rita Moreno graced the red carpet.
While Brady joked on Twitter about his awkwardness, saying, “What do you do with your hands at a movie premiere?”
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 1, 2023
The film follows four friends on a road trip from Massachusetts to Texas to watch their beloved Brady and his (then) Patriots play in the 2017 Super Bowl. Director Kyle Marvin and executive producer Michael Covino revealed that the four actresses were the first to be cast. Lily Tomlin said the main draw for her was “getting to be with the other women” and that they all got to spend time together on set.
Tomlin also praised Brady’s acting skills, saying, “He was a wonderful actor. He listens, which is the key mark of a good actor. He really listens, and he responds in the moment, and you can see him thinking and processing what you’re saying to him, just like it’s real life.”
Director Kyle Marvin praised Brady for his acting debut, saying, “The crazy thing is he’s not a professional actor, but he really delivered in this thing. I think he really committed to it, which is the hardest thing to do, just to be like, ‘OK, I’m going to commit to this scene.’ And I think it came out great.”
Covino was especially impressed with Moreno’s performance. “I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a resurgence of Rita Moreno-based comedies,” he said.
“I’m actually frustrated that Rita didn’t do more of this style comedy throughout her career because she’s so funny and it’s so in her sweet spot,” added Covino.