Another Football Star Turned Movie Star
Dave McMahon -- What are you doing now in your professional career?
Hap Hines -- I am a algebra teacher and coach at Marietta High School.
DM -- What position do you coach?
HH -- I coach special teams, linebackers and tight ends.
DM -- How did you get involved in the movie "We are... Marshall"?
HH -- My wife and I were eating at a restaurant and we saw a line to be in this football movie. I thought it would be pretty cool, but when they took my picture and saw my grey hairs, they said I would be too old to be a player, but they said I could be a trainer on the sidelines and I said OK. They told my wife that she can be a cheerleader.
DM -- How many days were you on set?
HH -- About 12 days.
DM -- Any speaking parts?
HH -- No, I am not the best actor. I have never even been in a play before, not even in 4th grade or when I was younger.
DM -- What was your favorite part of being out there?
HH -- Seeing how everything is done is very cool. All the actors were real nice and we all got along. I got to hang out with the actor playing Lucas Booth (Brian Beegle) a lot and I talked to Matthew McConaughey a little.
DM -- What was the worst part?
HH -- I got a bad sunburn on my bald spot. It was pretty bad.
DM -- So are you a big time actor now?
HH -- No, not really. You know I don't consider myself a very stylish guy, but I had to go through wardrobe and I had people putting makeup on me. It all felt kind of weird. In real life I would never put some of that stuff on. So with all that stuff, I felt like a movie star.
DM -- Billy Bennett plays a kicker in this movie, why not you?
HH -- No I haven't seriously kicked a football in 6 years... and that was 60 pounds ago, too.
DM -- You haven't kicked a ball in 6 years?
HH -- Well, I kicked one in front of my players that I coach from about 45 yards, but that was with a block, and I barely made it. Now if I kick the ball my goal just not to pull anything and keep my leg attached.
DM -- That was a pretty big kick...
HH -- Yep, that and the Purdue game-winner were two pretty big ones. Although the kicks I remember more was in the 1996 Auburn game. It was that crazy 4 overtime game in which we had to come back big time. It was that game which we felt that we put Georgia back on the map.
DM -- After your Georgia career, did you ever try out for the NFL?
HH -- I got a letter from the Packers, but I knew they weren't going to get rid of their current kicker, so I didn't tryout. Plus I had a bad back at that time, so I didn't want to risk hurting it more.
DM -- Do you keep in touch with any of your former teammates?
HH -- A lot of them. Cory Phillips, Jon England, Paul Snellings, Brady Pate, Brad Register, Brett Millican, Michael Greer and a few more. Some of the guys and I try to get together and go to Talladega every year and catch a race.
DM -- Do you ever get up to Athens and watch a game?
HH -- I go to about 3-4 a year.
DM -- Is there a building, a store, a restaurant that you miss from your college days that you wish you could cut out of Athens and put in your neighborhood?
HH -- I wish I could bring Allen's Hamburgers on Prince Avenue here.
DM -- Thank you for your time and good luck in the best supporting actor category.
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