"The Other Guys" opened in theaters this past Friday starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. But the comedy film starred a very popular New York figure in Derek Jeter.
The Yankees shortstop has been on Saturday Night Live and is engaged to actress Minka Kelly, so the acting potential is all around him. There was a lot of hype building up to his acting debut in a blockbuster, but he failed to disappoint.
Derek Jeter has won MVP awards for Major League Baseball's World Series and All-Star Game, respectively. With his role as himself and as a bum, Jeter could add an Oscar to his set of awards.
In the film, Mark Wahlberg's cop character is called "The Yankee Clipper", because of an incident where he shoots Derek Jeter in the dugout steps before a World Series game. Derek Jeter is on the ground and fans believe that Wahlberg caused them a championship.
Jeter's funnier scene occurs years later when Wahlberg and Jeter meet at Nathan's in Coney Island. Jeter is dressed as a bum and is on the streets due to the shooting that occurred years prior. When Derek Jeter is dressed as a bum, the audience bursts into tears of laughter as now there is a comedic Jeter on the screen alongside a hilarious Will Ferrell.
MTV recently revealed that Adam McKay, one of the film's leading producers, was surprised with how prepared Jeter was for his role. The filming occurred not too long after the World Series and many believed that the Yankee Captain would be partying it up, but instead he was ready for his next job with his lines prepared.
"The Other Guys" has the audience in tears even before the Derek Jeter scenes. It is a hilarious movie that draws just about the same praise and comedy glory of Will Ferrell's "Step Brothers."
It is definitely a must-see flick this summer and New York fans will gladly enjoy the acting of their very own Derek Jeter.