Robert Duvall Took Small Role in '12 Mighty Orphans' Because His Love of Football

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CineMovie was honored to interview Robert Duvall for his cameo role in the inspirational movie 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS, based on the true story of football coach hero Rusty Russell. In talking about the movie, he says football is his favorite sport and the greatest game ever invented, which may explain why he took such a small role in the new film starring Luke Wilson as the Texas hero, Martin Sheen, Wayne Knight, and Treat Williams. Watch our conversation about the movie 

12 MIGHTY ORPHANS is based on the true story of Texas football coach Rusty Russell's (played by Luke Wilson) formation of a football team at an orphanage whose team went all the way to the playoffs.

12 MIGHTY ORPHANS is now playing in movie theaters. 

Based on the Book by Jim Dent, the movie adaptation stars Luke Wilson as Rusty Russel, Martin Sheen as Doc Hall, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, Treat Williams, Ron White, and Robert Duvall.

Official Synopsis

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, 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.

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