Joe Flacco is being called an “embarrassing choice to portray Johnny Unitas in a movie by a grandson of the Baltimore Colts legend.
J.C. Unitas blasted the pick of Joe Flacco on his Facebook page, writing “If you want a real movie, hire a real actor.”
The grandson of Johnny Unitas and a former quarterback at Villanova, J.C. Unitas added that he doesn’t have the most faith in Flacco as a quarterback, calling him a “goofball.”
“My grandfather and his legacy deserves only the best, and this is not it. Has Baltimore forgotten that Trent Dilfer also won a Super Bowl while playing for Baltimore?”
J.C. Unitas added that there would have been a lot better choices than Joe Flacco to play Johnny Unitas in a movie. He wrote: “If you want a quarterback, go with Peyton Manning. My father was just like that. This is a joke.”
It isn’t known how much acting Joe Flacco will have to do in the Unitas movie, which is based on the Tom Callahan book Johnny U: The Life And Times Of Johnny Unitas. He is reportedly only playing Unitas in the 1958 championship game, so Joe Flacco will spend most of his time behind a helmet.
The movie is co-written and co-produced by Joe Unitas, son of Johnny Unitas. Joe apparently didn’t share the same reservations about Flacco in the Unitas movie.
“A lot of the way Joe plays and his demeanor reminds me a lot of my dad … He’s not a rah-rah guy,” Joe Unitas said. “He throws a touchdown and maybe there’s a little fist pump … He does things the right way and is a good role model for kids and he gets what hard work is and does everything he can for the team. There are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between Joe and my dad.”
Joe Flacco will film the Johnny Unitas movie over the summer, with the filming schedule based around his commitments to the Ravens.