The comedian, 45, plays coach Lambeau Fields in the sports spoof The Comebacks
This is an article from the Oct. 29, 2007 issue
SI: Your character is a riff on coaching clichés. That almost seems easy.
Koechner: You have great fodder there. I have all these coaches in my head—movie and real coaches. I grew up near Kansas City, so I especially loved Hank Stram in those NFL Films clips where he's slapping his hand with his playbook.
SI: Were any athletes willing to spoof themselves?
Koechner: We shot a scene riffing on the 1986 World Series with Bill Buckner. He re-created it. Do you know why? His daughter is an actress, and it helped get her in the movie. That was one of the most loving and noble things a father could do.
SI: You've played a coach, a commissioner (in Semi-Pro, due out next spring) and a sportscaster (Anchorman). Is that a conscious casting trend?
Koechner: I think all of those characters might be somewhat bombastic. And that would certainly be something that's in my wheelhouse.
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