What Does the Vikings Loss Mean for the Brett Favre Biopic?
Last night, after Brett Favre threw a third down interception that (after a sudden death overtime) sealed the Vikings fate and sent the Saints to the Superbowl, the pundits on ESPN were already joking that they’ll be talking about Favre’s maybe retirement come June. Today Favre said it was “highly unlikely” he would play again. Except, obviously he’s going to be back. Because the movies say so!
(‘’)About 10 seconds before Brett Favre threw that errant pass, crushing Viking nation, announcers included, we were obviously watching one of the final scenes in The Brett Favre Story. The next scene would have down at Superbowl XLIV, and then, after that, there might have been an epilogue with Favre throwing footballs in Mississippi while subtitles scrolled by. (“Brett Favre retired at the age of 41, having loved the game of football more than anyone ever.”)
Instead, with that one pass, it turned out we weren’t at the end of the biopic at all. We were at the final hurdle, like, the last run-in with drugs/the law/men/ women, or in this case inaccuracy, that might undo our hero. (Think of the moment that Beyonce tells the over-controlling Jamie Foxx to step-off in DreamGirls.) Favre may want to retire, but the Laws of the Biopic, which insist heroes go out on high note, rule otherwise. And biopics always win. Seriously, ask Michael Jordan where his is already.