NBC Had a Guy Play Coach O in 'Young Rock' and the Acting Was Nothing Short of a Disgrace
What in the actual hell is going on here?
There are so many things to address in this very short clip. Firstly, I guess there's a show called Young Rock now? I don't know what the promotional budget at NBC is looking like these days, but this is quite literally the first I've heard about this and I'm on the internet for about 16 hours every day.
Secondly, I had no idea Ed Orgeron was The Rock's defensive line coach at Miami. It makes sense because Coach O has been at damn near every school in the country, but there should have been a TV show about what Ed O was doing in South Beach in the 80s and 90s while coaching Dwayne Johnson and Warren Sapp long before this show got greenlit. They apparently had quite a rapport.
The Advocate — The subject came up when Hebert asked Orgeron about how Warren Sapp, a Miami star who went on to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a 13-year National Football League career, claimed that many of Johnson's wrestling catch-phrases such as "shove it sideways" and "candyass" were lines he picked up from Orgeron, who had a reputation as a high-intensity coach.
But maybe there really shouldn't be that show after all — at least not on NBC — because that brings us to whatever the hell this acting performance was. I have never seen someone try so hard and fail so miserably at portraying a character in my life. I don't know that I've ever critiqued someone's acting before because I obviously don't know much about it, but I know that is a piss poor Coach O. It's a disgrace, really. Hell, I bet Coach O would have done it himself if they would have just asked.
I may have to tune into the rest of this first season just to watch this guy flounder his way through an Ed Orgeron impression.