Director Ty Roberts brings Martin Sheen to make up the cast of the new film 12 Mighty Orphans. Sheen plays the real late Doc Hall. A character with a sense of humor that finds optimism in the least expected moments.
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 (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.
Ty Roberts is from West, Texas and started his career directing documentaries, music videos, short films and other small projects. While he lived in Argentina he did work for known companies like Walt Disney Studio, Paramount Pictures and National Georpraphics. The Iron Orchard was his directorial debut in 2018. He is currently working writing and directing The Falcon Thief.
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Martin Sheen has been in the entertainment business for decades. He earned his experience while doing theater in New York, although he was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1940. By 1965 he won a Tony Award nomination for The Subject Was Roses. Since then he has continued with other films like Badlands, Apocalypse Now, The Departed and The Way just to name just a few. As for television he has appeared in several sitcoms like Anger Management, NBC’s The West Wing, and recently in Netflix’s Grace & Frankie. Today he is also looked up to for his social and political activism.
I had the opportunity to be connected via Zoom with Mr.Martin Sheen and Ty Roberts to talk about 12 Mighty Orphans. Sheen shared the fun he had with his character and also the dark side he had to bring out. While Roberts expressed being thankful for the high caliber cast that helped bring out the right elements for the film.
12 Mighty Orphans will be available Nationwide June 18th
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