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Four Facts about Rudy (film)

Rudy is considered one of the greatest sports films of all time. The movie recounts the true story of Rudy Ruettiger who overcame insurmountable odds to become a football player. Despite his short-comings, he earned the honor of playing for the prestigious Notre Dame University. Sean Astin played the main character while Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton, and Jason Miller were also part of the film.

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1- Rudy has no brother named Frank
The actual Rudy Ruettinger has not an older brother named Frank, but Angelo Pizzo took the liberty to invent a brother for him. Rudy is the oldest son in the family and has no brother similar to the character of Frank. The fictional character was invented because Pizzo wanted to personify all the people who discouraged Rudy throughout his life.

2- A screen debut for Favreau and Vaughn
In the movie, Jon Favreau played the character D-Bob, Rudy's best friend and teaching assistant, while Vince Vaughn features as a teammate who treats the main character harshly at first but is won over by him in the end. It was a screen debut for both Favreau and Vaughn, and both went on to make the very popular film "Swingers".
Vince Vaughn appeared in several famous movies, including The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Return to Paradise. Now he is mostly known for his comedy roles in several hit films. On the other hand, Jon Favreau is regarded as one of the top directors in Hollywood. He has directed famous films like Zathura: A Space Adventure, Cowboys & Aliens, The Jungle Book, and The Lion King. He has also been a presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

3- No jersey throwing
There is a scene in the movie where members of the team protest by tossing their jersey onto the desk of the coach, saying that if Rudy doesn't play then they all will not as well. While it is a powerful scene in the film, it didn't happen really.
In reality, Rudy had been told to suit up many days before the game. According to Rudy, the members of the team did play their part in convincing the coach to let him play. While Coach Dan Devine has written in his memoir that it was his decision alone and that he wasn't pressurized by the members of the team.

4- Hoosiers and Rudy
There are many similarities between the sports movies Hoosiers and Rudy. They both feature schools set in Indiana and both are underdog stories where the main characters overcome great odds to earn sporting stardom.

However, what you may not have noticed is that both films were written and directed by David Anspaugh and Angelo Pizzo respectively. Besides these two movies, the duo would collaborate one more time for the 2005's The Game of Their Lives, which is also a sports movie about the 1950 US soccer team.

 

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