By day he’s busting through lineman and blazing the way for NFL running backs. By night he’s reeking havoc on movie sets. No, this isn’t the newest figment of Stan Lee’s imagination.
This guy’s the real deal. This guy’s Owen Schmitt.
If you don’t know the name take note. Schmitt is one of the newest members of the Philadelphia Eagles and he crashed onto the scene in a big way Sunday versus the Washington Redskins with 3 catches for 43 yards.
He’s also the newest face in a rapidly growing Philadelphia film scene.
After fullback Leonard Weaver went down in week one, Schmitt was at the top of the Eagles list for replacements.
He didn’t hesitate to sign when the call came.
Schmitt was drafted in the 5th round by the Seahawks after heading a West Virginia University back field along side college superstars Pat White and Steve Slaton.
The Birds were attracted to his brash, unselfish, hard hitting, self inflicted face smashing, (yeah he smashed his own head with his helmet), style of play that will put him in another explosive back field with LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick (give or taken some broken bones.)
For all those reasons local Philadelphia film makers Shaun Paul Costello, Joe Gariffo and Brian Gallagher also gave Schmitt a call. A call to the big screen. Once again, Schmitt didn’t hesitate to jump on the opportunity.
The film is Booted. Shot all in the Philadelphia area starring Philly actor Greg Bell, Allan Ruck (Ferris Buellers Day Off, Spin City) and Jackass’ Ryan Dunn. Even NBC 10’s Doug Shimel and Bill Henley make cameos.
Schmitt wasn’t able to smash heads in the film but he plays a larger than life bum who befriends Bell who is trying to get his girlfriend back by selling hot dogs off his booted car engine.
Whew! Sounds as complicated as Andy Reid’s play book. It’s just executed better.
As if testing screen passes on the field wasn’t enough, he’s passing screen tests in the theaters as well.
Either way Schmitt’s in the middle of all the action.