More Than A Great Football Movie: Martin Sheen & Ty Roberts talk 12 Mighty Orphans

12 MIGHTY ORPHANS tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state, and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell (played by Luke Wilson), a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty’s secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn’t beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football.

We sat down with Martin Sheen and director Ty Roberts to talk about instilling value and how this is more than just a great footaball movie.

12 MIGHTY ORPHANS-Rusty Russell(Luke Wilson), Snoggs (Jacob Lofland) and Doc Hall (Martin Sheen) discuss the next play. Image by Laura Wilson.jpg

12 MIGHTY ORPHANS opens nationwide on June 18

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