WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III was one of the many faces, along with Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, to appear at Alfred Morris’ “Movies With Morris” charity event, at Alamo Drafthouse in Ashburn Wednesday night.
Of the six total Redskins teammates in attendance, each selected a movie to play in a separate theater, in which fans could watch their favorite player’s favorite movie, essentially.
Robert Griffin III’s selection was the 2002 drama “John Q,” starring Denzel Washington. Here’s a description of the movie from IMDB:
“A down-on-his luck father, whose insurance won’t cover his son’s heart transplant, takes the hospital’s emergency room hostage until the doctors agree to perform the operation.”
Kevin McCarthy of Fox 5 caught up with Griffin to find out why John Q is his favorite movie, learning in the process, it, along with one specific romance flick, brings the Redskins franchise quarterback to tears:
“It is my favorite movie,” Griffin said. “So um, when I was a kid, my dad told us we were going to the movies, and we asked him what we were going to see; he said ‘John Q,’ and I immediately threw a tantrum. And after watching the movie, I cried, at 12-years-old, in 2002, and it’s my favorite movie. It’s why I always say ‘It’s never goodbye, it’s see you later.’ It had a big impact on me, so I hope the people in there, I hope they do cry. I hope it does impact them in a way that will change their lives.
“Now, you mentioned crying in movies,” McCarthy said. “Football players are the manliest men on the planet. What are some other movies that RGIII cries in?”
“Oh, man. ‘PS, I Love You,’ Griffin admitted. “That’ll get a good laugh.”
“You’re a Hillary Swank fan, aren’t you?” McCarthy joked.
“Yea,” Griffin said. “You can’t be afraid to show your softer side. In those moments, if you’re really feelin’ it, it’s okay to shed a tear or two.
Griffin was then asked, hypothetically, if a movie was to be made about him, which actor would he choose for the leading role.
“Oh, I mean just like any other guy, it would probably be Denzel Washington,” Griffin said. “And then, if you wanted to go on a riskier side, it would probably be Chris Tucker.”
“Combine the two, somehow,” McCarthy insisted.
“Okay, okay. Or Andre 3000, since everybody says we look alike. Andre, I’m waiting for that call, buddy,” Griffin said with a finger point, breaking the fourth wall.
Thanks to Fox 5 for sharing the video. You can watch the full interview here.