Kevin Costner will presumably be seen by a much wider audience as he takes on the role of Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. After initially receiving an R-rating for the upcoming Draft Day film, director Ivan Reitman and Lionsgate have gotten that knocked down to PG-13 on appeal. According to the report in the Hollywood Reporter, the film initially received the R-rating for “brief strong language.” It’s hard to believe a film about the inner workings of the Browns would only have “brief” strong language, but it is fiction, I guess.
The real Browns cooperated with the film production this past year, with Alec Scheiner saying that the movie was “good for the NFL. It’s good for the Browns. It’s good for Cleveland.”
The film – also starring Jennifer Garner, Tom Welling, and Ellen Burstyn – will open April 11th and I’m sure it will sell tickets at an even faster pace in Cleveland now that it’s PG-13 instead of rated R.
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