Les Miles the actor? Former coach has a key role in 'The Last Whistle'
Les Miles hasn’t coached since 2016, and while he may want to one day get back on the sideline, he’s finding ways to stay busy during his hiatus.
Miles mentioned earlier this year that he was reading scripts and auditioning for movies.
“As a child, I wanted to be the president of the United States, wanted to be a head football coach and wanted to be an actor in a movie,” he said.
Here’s more about “The Last Whistle” from a release about the film:
This November, Miles will debut his first major role, in the feature film THE LAST WHISTLE, which was just announced as the opening night selection at the Lone Star Film Festival.
…Miles not only acted on the film, but also contributed to the realism of the film’s play calls and audience-favorite finale speech. Per director Rob Smat: “Les brought a degree of realism to this film not only with his performance, but also with his counsel, that only a legendary coach like him could provide. He was a pleasure to work with, and I’m already looking forward to next time.”
The Last Whistle tells the story of an all-star high school football player who collapses during practice. All eyes turn to the storied head coach (played by Friday Night Lights’ BRAD LELAND), who tries to maintain the team’s winning streak instead of healing the situation. The community turns against him, led by Miles’ character BILLY, leading to a lawsuit.
The film also stars a diverse cast of notable actors, including Jim O’Heir (PARKS AND RECREATION), Emmy winners Eric Nelsen (ERASE, THE AFFAIR), Sainty Nelsen (Netflix’s TROLLS), and Kristos Andrews (THE BAY), as well as Fred Tolliver Jr. (Spike Lee’s RED HOOK SUMMER, TV’s SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT), Tyler Perez (CBS’s CODE BLACK), and a standout debut performance from Fort Worth native DEANNE LAUVIN.
The film is set to premier in November in Fort Worth, Tx., and producers are hoping to get a limited theatrical release and then a nationwide release on video on demand platforms.
It’s interesting that Miles will be playing a character who is leading a lawsuit against a high school football coach, but it makes sense that this acting opportunity comes in a film about football.
It would be pretty cool if his character ate grass at some point during the movie though.