Jason Sudeikis reacts to British football mascots
"He looks like someone stretched-out Bart Simpson!"
You know Jason Sudeikis for hilarious comedy movies like Horrible Bosses, We're The Millers and Hall Pass.
His latest role though is as Ted Lasso, in the new Apple TV+ show of the same. You might remember Ted as the clueless American football coach who ends up becoming Tottenham Hotspur manager in an NBC commercial back in 2013.
Jason Sudeikis is playing Ted Lasso again, but now as part of a full-length sitcom, following him taking the reigns at fictional Premier League club AFC Richmond.
Ahead of the show, we got to speak with Sudeikis, and we thought we should give him a little warm-up in peculiarities of British football culture. In particular, the weirdest football mascots.
Check out what Jason thought of Gunnersaurus, Kingsley, Fred The Red and Boiler Man below.
"He looks like a stretched-out Bart Simpson!”
We showed US comedy star Jason Sudeikis some of the weirdest British football mascots, including @Gunnersaurus and @ThistleMascot, and got him to rank them. pic.twitter.com/qnnHRRRxjU
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) August 12, 2020
The official synopsis for Ted Lasso reads: "Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer." The series also stars Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift, Juno Temple, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster and Nick Mohammed.
The original commercials were made to advertise NBC Sports' coverage of the Premier League in America. The first instalment from 2013 saw him appointed as head of Tottenham Hotspur, and then quickly relieved of his duties. It was followed a year later with a second short, with Ted now a commentator on NBC.
Jason Sudeikis made his name on Saturday Night Live, where he was hired as a writer in 2003, and served as a cast member from 2005 to 2013. He then went on to become a comedy A-lister, starring in films like Hall Pass and Horrible Bosses, as well as lending his voice talents to animations including Epic and The Angry Birds Movie.
TED LASSO will be on Apple TV+ from 14th August with new episodes debuting weekly on Fridays on the streaming service.