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Big Baby’s (almost) star turn

Baby benchWe all know Glen Davis is a character… and it turns out that was almost literally true

Back in 2007, Davis was a top candidate for the lead role of Michael
Oher in “The Blind Side.” (Bullock won Best Actress for her work in the
film Sunday night.) The casting seemed like a perfect fit for Davis, a
former high
school football
player who shared a love of athletics and the arts.
He performed in improv shows while playing college
at Louisiana State University and enjoyed being on

So when he was approached to audition for the film at the start of his
rookie season with the Celtics,
Davis jumped at the opportunity.

“I’ve always wanted to act,” he explained. “I knew about the football
player, he played at Ole Miss, and I heard there was a book out about
that. So I said, 'Sure, I’ll try out.' ”

Turns out he was one of the top 3 choices.  My first reaction when I heard that was "Baby?  No way…. the guy in that movie poster was huge"  But that dude was standing next to Sandra Bullock the whole film.  He's actually listed at 6'8"… so Baby is bigger.  I'm so used to him being a smaller guy on the floor that I forget how big he really is.

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  • Ian

    Big baby was a TOP HS football recruit to play left tackle. Nick Sabin offered him a scholarship the first time they meet to play during his time at LSU. I think the hardest part would have been for him to keep his mouth shut; Michael Oher is not a talkative guy.
    I always point to guys like Glen when I try to convince people that NBA players are the best athletes in the country. Look at Julius Peppers and Antonio Gates they were both role playing collage basketball guys but are franchise NFL players.

  • JesusShuttlesworth

    you’ve never played against micheal oher… patriots players were talking about his motor mouth when they first played the ravens last season

  • Ian

    Ha well I guess he has changed, I was basing that only on the book. In that it depicted him as painfully quiet when he was younger. At some point you have to realize that you’re a 6’8″ giant of a man…