Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has drawn a lot of notoriety this week after the release of his “Funny or Die” video short, might not be ready to give up the acting bug.
Brady portrayed an annoyed version of himself -- who was mistaken for someone with a Boston accent -- in the film, which also served as an advertisement for Under Armour, with which Brady has an endorsement contract. And Brady, who dabbled in acting during a stint as a guest host of “Saturday Night Live” in 2005, said he would welcome a chance to go back on the show.
“That was a great experience,” he said in an appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show. “Like a lot of things, you go through them and you don’t appreciate them until they’re over. And that was one of those experiences where I loved doing it and but then really realized how much I loved doing it after it was over. And I wish I just took in every single moment of that because it is so unique and you never know if you’re going to get those experiences again.”
Brady drew laughs in the “Funny or Die” skit with his dead-pan angry expression, and he said it wasn’t too hard an act to pull off.
“It’s not like Tom Hanks in ‘Castaway,’” Brady said. “It’s not like I’m playing a dramatic role or something. It’s pretty much being me, so it was fun.
“I was laughing pretty much the whole day until they told me to get pissed -- ‘No, it’s much more funny when you get really pissed.’”
Brady, who appeared at a gala this spring in New York City with a highly-publicized faux-mohawk hairdo, said he “got a lot of grief over that.” But Brady said he thought it was was OK.
“I guess part of me, I don’t take it as seriously,” he said. “It’s just something that, I’ll tell you the truth, I was actually shampooing my hair in the shower one day and I was like, ‘Wow, I might do that, that might be cool.’ Because you put shampoo in and you kind of put your hands through it and say, ‘OK, cool, let me see if we can make something of this. It’s a fashion-type of event, so if you’re going to do something, if you’re gonna pull off a different tux or a different outfit, then go for it. That was the night to do it. You’re not going to go to some other event doing something like that.
“The great part of it is hopefully I’m not trying to please too many people. As long as my wife liked it, my mom liked it, I’m cool and they liked it.”
Brady, who was promoting his charity bike ride on Saturday for the Best Buddies Challenge, did address some football-related issues, such as Wes Welker’s at-times public negotiations for a multi-year contract with the Patriots.
“These things end up working themselves out at some point,” Brady said. “I don’t know how or when or who or why, but sometimes I get emotionally involved in those situations and it doesn’t work out well for me so I just try to support him as a friend.
“I certainly love Wes, I’d love to have him here for as long as I’m playing, so none of those things are really up to me.”
Brady also said he’s working to get familiar with a reworked cast of receivers that includes former teammates Jabar Gaffney and Donte’ Stallworth and free-agent addition Brandon Lloyd.
“I’m very familiar with Jabar and Donte’ and Brandon’s going into a 10th year so he’s really a professional as well,” Brady said. “He knows how to prepare himself, he’s been in our offense so he has at least familiarity with the things that we’re doing. So it’s fun to work with him.”
Contributing: Steve Silva