Top 5 Movie Roles Played By Athletes

April 26, 2014 10:00 AM
Top 5 Movie Roles Played By Athletes
By Jason Iannone

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" To become an actor, you often have to spend years training and learning the craft, immersing yourself in every character, torturing and depriving yourself of rest and relaxation to reach a deeper understanding.

Or, you can be really good at sports. That works too.

Yes, some of the finest, funniest, and most memorable roles in cinematic history have been played not by accomplished thespians, but by goofy jocks whose only previous acting experience was pretending to be hurt in order to draw penalties. Here are five of our favorites. Disagree? Let us know in a comment, written on a note inserted into an envelope containing $2000 in small, unmarked bills, and slipped discreetly under our office door. We promise to read every single one.

5. Bubba Smith as Hightower (Police Academy)

Yes, we know his real name was Charles. And no, we don’t care. He was Bubba, and shall always be Bubba.

Or you can call him Hightower. His turn as Officer/Sergeant/Lieutenant Moses Hightower in the Police Academy series was a wonderful piece of comic goodness "

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