FOXBORO, Mass. — Rex Ryan, the Patriots-hating head coach of the New York Jets, apparently has a price. He appeared as a Patriots fan in the latest Adam Sandler movie, I Hate You, Dad, and broke down his acting expertise Wednesday.
"It is a very serious note," Ryan said of his acting. "When you looked at it, initially I went in there, I had one line, but I dominated so much that they gave me several lines. As far as you guys know, that's what happened. No, there's no telling how many lines, what they're going to show or anything like that, but it was a lot of fun. They did have a billboard up there in the Boston area, and I thought that could be trouble, so hopefully they pulled it down shortly thereafter. It really was a lot of fun."
Ryan plays a lawyer in the upcoming movie, and there will be a scene in his office, which is decked out in Boston paraphernalia. His knickknacks include a Bill Belichick bobblehead doll.
"It was a stretch," Ryan said. "There's no doubt it was a stretch. It was good. They had me, there was Red Sox stuff in there. They had Patriots stuff all over the place, even had some Bruins stuff in there. And quite honestly, I'm not a big fan of any of those teams. It was good, though."
Ryan said he took his role seriously and studied his lines extensively to make sure he wouldn't mess up on set. However, he had his most trouble when Sandler would improvise during a scene, and Ryan grew even more appreciative of that industry.
He might not have been very appreciative of the Belichick bobblehead doll, though.
"For some reason, I think the thing got dropped off, the thing got knocked over somehow," Ryan said with a laugh. "It broke into several pieces. No, I'm just kidding."