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Kevin Costner: NFL nixed scene of fans hanging him in effigy

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Maybe the NFL just didn’t want to give fans any ideas.

While the league allowed permission to use its logos and images for the upcoming movie “Draft Day,” there were certain lengths they weren’t willing to go.

Actor Kevin Costner, who plays the General Manager of the Browns in the film, told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times that the league stepped in and cut a scene of fans hanging his character in effigy.

I thought it was a real funny moment, but I think the NFL’s really cracking down on fan behavior both inside the stadium and outside,” Costner said. “The idea of hanging somebody, for as funny as I thought it was, and as realistic as I thought it was, it was just an image that I didn’t want in the movie. That was a small price for us to pay, but it shows that they were watching very closely.”

That the league allowed the use of their trademarks at all is a bit of an upset, since so many movies have had to make do with fictional teams and uniforms, which Costner said would have dampened his enthusiasm for the project.

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36 Responses to “Kevin Costner: NFL nixed scene of fans hanging him in effigy”
  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 1, 2014 10:12 AM

    I’m interesting in seeing this movie. Costner usually makes excellent films, but his choice of the Browns is questionable.

  2. seatownballers says: Apr 1, 2014 10:12 AM

    Costner is better then half the gm’s in the nfl

  3. minnesotablizzard says: Apr 1, 2014 10:13 AM

    Censorship makes everything worse. I’m already expecting this movie to flop, Hollywood is out of ideas and Goddell’s NFL craves that Hollywood limelight and profit over proper football.

  4. nygmann says: Apr 1, 2014 10:20 AM

    Oh man! The Browns can’t catch a break. Even their fictional GM is not that great of a choice!

  5. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Apr 1, 2014 10:22 AM

    Yeah I kinda laughed when I first heard about this movie because I was picturing another instance of the Miami Sharks or something but after the trailers I saw I might go see it.

  6. 87hollywoodhorn says: Apr 1, 2014 10:24 AM

    This movie looks so cheesy I thought that the NFL was putting it on themselves. I thought Goodell had written a screenplay while on vacation or something

  7. petehemlock says: Apr 1, 2014 10:27 AM

    Dances with 3-13

  8. bucrightoff says: Apr 1, 2014 10:28 AM

    Wanna hear something really messed up? Costner has more Oscars than Scorsese.

  9. mrwalterisgod says: Apr 1, 2014 10:30 AM

    Wouldn’t want the delicate, left leaning folks to feel uneasy.

  10. christophershearin says: Apr 1, 2014 10:33 AM

    wait, the NFL owns the teams? then how the hell do they get by without paying any federal tax? The excuse that the individual franchises pay taxes is absurd, if it is true that the NFL owns the rights to the teams…….

  11. wwwmattcom says: Apr 1, 2014 10:40 AM

    Already a flop.

  12. holla2626 says: Apr 1, 2014 10:44 AM

    Do they draft steamin Willy Beamin?

  13. beavertonsteve says: Apr 1, 2014 10:50 AM

    Did they cut out the part where the team’s owner is indicted for fraud as well?

  14. southpaw2k says: Apr 1, 2014 10:53 AM

    Even though the league may not like the idea of a scene in a movie where Browns fans want to hang the likeness of their team’s GM, it kinda does fit with the Factory of Sadness, doesn’t it?

  15. 9thrty3 says: Apr 1, 2014 10:54 AM

    The league must have remembered all of the fake Art Modell’s that were hanging in the muni-lot when the Browns moved….

  16. holla2626 says: Apr 1, 2014 11:08 AM

    “how the hell do they get by without paying any federal tax? ”

    No income

  17. markpugner says: Apr 1, 2014 11:08 AM

    Of course they nixed it…Goodell doesn’t want people getting ideas.

  18. harvestern says: Apr 1, 2014 11:12 AM

    This movie was supposed to take place in Buffalo, but was moved because production costs were cheaper in Ohio. Who wants to see a football movie without actual football scenes, anyhow?

  19. kwjsb says: Apr 1, 2014 11:12 AM

    Alternate Titles
    “Dancing With Colt”
    “The Badly Guard”
    “Field of Screams”
    “The Untacklables”
    “Table of 53″
    “Bull Drafting”
    “Robin Hood: The Prince of Fee’s”
    “Whataworld”
    “For the Love of the shame”

  20. dtr3e says: Apr 1, 2014 11:31 AM

    Jerry Macguire had the Cardinals in it so it’s not like Goodell is the first commish to do this.

  21. johnodocks says: Apr 1, 2014 11:34 AM

    I want to see a Fantasy Football Draft Day movie starring Will Ferrel, Zack Galifianakis, and Ray Farmer.

  22. jeffperk says: Apr 1, 2014 11:39 AM

    Outside of Cleveland this will be a bust. Who did they cast as Jimmy Haslam?

  23. wiskybuck says: Apr 1, 2014 11:55 AM

    All the makings of a good movie…too bad Costner is in it.

  24. djshnooks says: Apr 1, 2014 12:31 PM

    Screw this movie…see how the advertisements are red, white and blue?

    Yeah, this movie was supposed to be about the Bills and filmed at Ralph Wilson Stadium…then we got screwed as usual.

    Hope it flops. I won’t watch it.

  25. ravenswhat says: Apr 1, 2014 12:37 PM

    The NFL has more power than Hollywood? Good lord that’s scary.

  26. schmitty2 says: Apr 1, 2014 12:43 PM

    If 50 people see this movie it will make more money than Waterworld did.

  27. alshonbrandontandem says: Apr 1, 2014 12:47 PM

    I bet Costner is a better GM than Jerry Jones is

  28. shaggytoodle says: Apr 1, 2014 12:50 PM

    This movie is going to stink, its about a guy who tries to acquire the #1 pick in the draft. Besides its HOLLYWOOD.

    85% of it is going to be blown out of the proportion and over the top. Just like Rudy, Moneyball, Titanic, Noah, and Jurrasic Park.

  29. hbdbrowns33 says: Apr 1, 2014 1:19 PM

    I saw it at an advanced screening and yeah there are parts that are unbelieveable but its a movie. The Browns are not the only team that its about several other team’s front offices are involved. Overall, I thought it was good and I’d give it a 7 out of 10.

  30. bsizemore68 says: Apr 1, 2014 1:34 PM

    If you don’t like it, then don’t go to the movie. Bill

  31. bobman2 says: Apr 1, 2014 2:12 PM

    Costner never struck me as a guy with much of a sense of humor, but his quotes keep coming back to how funny the mock hanging was. Personally I agree, and it seems completely real, but, ah well, the league is protecting the shield. Ugh. If you want real teams in the movie, you have to live with the limitations. If you want the players to shoot laser beams out of their eyes and snort the hashmarks made from cocaine, well, then you have to live with a lot of bogus footage of the Cleveland Conquerors. I’m happy to watch it when it comes out.

    Hopefully the NFL didn’t object to scenes of fans throwing batteries, ice-balls, or bottles at players/refs, because stuff like that could totally never happen.

  32. rogcar2 says: Apr 1, 2014 2:24 PM

    Denis Leary plays the role of the head coach… SOLD!

  33. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 1, 2014 3:07 PM

    But if he had been playing a GM in Philly then the hanging would have been realistic.

  34. ronketonk says: Apr 1, 2014 3:30 PM

    The City of Cleveland may not be able to produce any winners on the field of play but when it comes to making sports movies, there is no better place to go for the genuine pain, sorrow and uncanny ability to lose in any situation and every way possible.

    The dark cloud that hovers above that city is large and heavy.

  35. rcali says: Apr 1, 2014 3:58 PM

    I heard the NFL made the production company reduce the movie to five minutes in order to make sure no truths about the league would be told.

  36. bobothegreatest says: Apr 11, 2014 7:11 PM

    Spoiler ALERT!!

    The Browns make a bad trade….. You can tell that this is a movie, because someone takes the bad trade off their hands… In real life, the Browns just screw up.

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