Tom Brady is America’s golden boy. If you can’t be the Tom Brady, you might as well go by Thomas instead in order to avoid the constant comparisons (whitepages.com tells us there are over 295 people named Tom Brady in the US). If you’re also a successful person named Tom Brady, well, it can be good and bad. For one, unlike Michael Bolton, the Tom Brady doesn’t suck . Yet it’s still sharing a name.
One of those sharers is pretty accomplished himself. He’s not a QB from Michigan, but a writer/director out of Harvard. This Tom Brady, 43, has writing credits on “Home Improvement,” “The Simpsons,” and “Sports Night.” He’s also had a hand in some Rob Schneider classics. He wrote and coproduced “The Animal,” and wrote and directed “The Hot Chick.” For this Tom Brady, being Tom Brady isn’t all that bad. Here's a little excerpt from his interview with the Boston Globe:
Q. Did your being Tom Brady give you an inside track to directing "The Comebacks"?Wearing the other Tom Brady’s jersey to a studio pitch meeting and effectively trading off his name to nail a director’s gig? Brilliant. It doesn’t hurt when it’s a football movie, either. I think this Tom Brady will tell you that being the second most famous one of them all isn’t such a bad thing. In fact, perhaps they're more similar than you might think, says the other Brady.
A. I like to think I got the job because of my resume and my directing talents. However, I know on some level there was a Fox executive saying, "How great would it be if Tom Brady directed this movie?" And I did wear my Brady jersey to the studio meeting.
Q. When did the other Tom Brady first cross your radar screen?
A. Around eight years ago. I was listening to a Michigan game on the radio and heard, "Coming into the game is backup quarterback Tom Brady." I was a big-time TV writer and thought of myself as the famous Tom Brady. What were the odds this guy would ever play pro football? I'll never have to worry about changing my name, I thought. A couple of years and one Super Bowl MVP later, I realized I had no shot at being the Tom Brady everyone knows.
He yells "hut!" I yell "cut!" He dodges vicious linebackers. I dodge vicious film critics.