All About Jennifer Aniston’s Latest Role As Sports-Crisis Manager Denise White In ‘The Fixer’
Jennifer Aniston has picked up yet another lead role in a film, one that focuses on Denise White and her life as a sports-world crisis manager. The Fixer was picked up by Fox 2000 following a pitch from Dallas Buyers Club co-writer Melisa Wallack, “with White’s life rights and rights to the Men’s Journal profile ‘The Woman Who Bails Out the NFL’s Bad Boys,’ by Paul Solotaroff,” as Entertainment Weekly relays.
As the publication notes, White was also formerly a Miss USA contestant, as well as a broadcaster, previous to getting into the sports world as a personal assistant to athletes and entertainers. Entertainment Weekly expands on details about the character Aniston is set to portray in the film.
“[White] went on to found the management and PR firm EAG and has been described as the Olivia Pope of the sports world.”
Vanity Fair notes more personal points about the subject of the biopic within which Aniston will star, sharing about the crisis manager’s difficult childhood and the road that led her to her success.
“White made headlines in 2014 as the subject of a Men’s Journal profile, titled ‘The Woman Who Bails Out the N.F.L.’s Bad Boys.’ In the piece, writer Paul Solotaroff chronicles White’s life from her placement in foster homes—as the neglected daughter of a mentally unstable single mother—to her career essentially parenting troubled sports players whom larger agencies refuse to take on.”
Within the journal, players commented on their own view of White and her role within the world of sports. A former Falcons player spoke with the men’s journal about Denise as being the “world’s most expensive babysitter. Vanity Fair shares the words of Ephraim Salaam.
“She’s the world’s most expensive babysitter, because some dudes keep repeating childish things…. And trust me when I tell you, she steps to them strong, but there’s that handful of guys who don’t hear it first time out. Or the third or fourth time, either.”
Aniston will not only star in The Fixer, but will also be on the production team alongside Kristin Hahn, Steve Barnett, and Bernie Goldmann. There has yet to be a director named for the project.
As Vanity Fair suggests, following Aniston’s critically acclaimed performance in the drama Cake, her portrayal as White in The Fixer could be the solidifying follow up that the star needs to demonstrate that she can do more than comedy.
Watch Jennifer Aniston in the trailer for the film Cake.
The most intriguing quote from the journal in which White is featured comes from White herself. The sports mentor refers to Sandra Bullock’s role from her Oscar-winning performance in The Blindside.
“You know, people made a fuss about the Blind Side kid, like he was a one-of-a-kind deal,” White said. “Well, 90 percent of my clients are the Blind Side kid and need every bit of mothering they can get.”
White’s role involves more than landing players sponsorship deals, she also gets more personal by averting a crisis or “fixing” situations of crisis that her clients get themselves into. She works tirelessly to alleviate responsibility from players and clients in the face of crisis, some of which include “paternity claims, expensive entourage members, along with drug and sexual-assault allegations.”
After the mention of the film The Blindside, for which Bullock won an Oscar, some fans are wondering if this may be Aniston’s shot at Oscar glory. The film, as it is described, sounds enticing to the point that Jen may break into the top spot if the portrayal is as strong as her performance in Cake. One thing is for sure, Aniston is proving that her acting talents are versatile and extend past her acting during her Rachel Green days.
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