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Fitz acting debut airs tonight on FX

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2012 – 12:28 pm

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will be making his acting debut on FX tonight (Thursday) as a guest star on the show ‘The League’ at 10:30 pm ET.

For Fitz it was his first on camera role, which he taped this past offseason.

“I haven’t seen it,” said Fitzpatrick. “It airs tonight at 10:30 on FX. I’m interested to see how long it is. It’s probably going to be 10 seconds and I shot for five hours. This show ‘The League’ it’s not like I was given scripted lines. The actors show up and they give them a general direction they want to scene to go and those guys just improv and are ad libbing the whole time. The first half hour they’re talking circles around me and I try to jump in when I can. I have horrible acting skills. So I got a little bit better as it went on, but I’m interested to see what they put in.”

The show is based on a group of mid to late 30-year old men that were high school buddies and now are in a fantasy football league together. As the show’s website states ‘A group of old friends in a fantasy football league use every opportunity to win and make each other’s lives miserable.’

The main writers of the show, a husband and wife team, Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer, were given the idea to use Fitzpatrick in an episode by Fitzpatrick’s friend, who is a comedy writer from L.A. currently doing freelance work.

“He submitted some ideas to Jeff and they had a little bit of an email dialogue going on,” said Fitzpatrick. “He thought I should go on the show and that it would be funny.”

Schaffer, who is also a Harvard alum like Fitzpatrick, also wrote for Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

“The show has that same kind of dialogue,” said Fitzpatrick. “Seinfeld is my all-time favorite so that’s right in my wheel house. And on FX they can take it a little bit farther. The language and that kind of stuff. It was awesome.”

Other NFL players have made cameos on the show including Chad Johnson and Matt Forte. Fitz provided some details for the scene he appeared in.

“The scene takes place in a bar and I walk up to the bar and order a soda because I’m getting ready to deliver a speech somewhere that night and one of the guys recognizes me,” he said.


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