Coming to a theater near you? Actor makes film about Ryan Leaf
Updated: December 2, 2008, 2:06 PM ETESPN.com news services
We all have times in our lives we'd like to forget. But for San Diego Chargers fans who show up at the San Diego Library on Wednesday night, the Ryan Leaf era can be relived on the big screen -- for free. "Leaf," an 82-minute film about the former Chargers quarterback -- a "can't-miss" prospect whose short NFL career turned into a disaster -- will be shown at a free screening on Wednesday night at the San Diego Library. "I insisted it be free for all the Chargers fans because it's their story," writer and director Tim Carr said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I was like, 'Chargers fans have been through enough -- let them have this.'" Carr, who plays Leaf in the film, appeared in "Rocky Balboa" and has written and directed two other films. He said he was interested in making a sports movie in the style of Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives" -- a documentary within a movie -- but "didn't want to do a 'Rudy'-type movie," according to the report. "I put myself in the San Diego fans' spot so many times because I'm a huge sports fan and I love my team like San Diego loves their team," said Carr, a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, according to the report. "I think when they see it, they might get on me for maybe taking it easy on him, although I assure you I didn't -- we throw everything in -- but the way we kind of left it was so people can kind of make their mind up: Maybe he redeemed himself; maybe he moved beyond this. "For me, it is [redemptive]," Carr said, according to the report. "Here's a guy who kind of tried to make it right, but just could never get it right. But I want to leave it up to the fans."
Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesWhile Chargers fans might want to forget Ryan Leaf, his story is now the subject of a feature film.