Jennifer attended the after party for Summit Entertainment’s ‘Draft Day’ on April 7.
– Public Appearances 2014 Draft Day – After Party
Hollywood showed lots of affection for Cleveland at Monday night’s premiere of Lionsgate’s Cleveland-set “Draft Day” at the Regency Village.
“I loved being in Cleveland,” Jennifer Garner asserted at the post-screening bash, set up on a mock football field with bleachers, goalposts and Cleveland Browns highlights. “People are so real and s0 nice.”
“We were there during this time of year, so it wasn’t the tough winter weather and I love towns like Cleveland with stadiums in town, so you can sneak out during work to go see a game,” Kevin Costner mused.
Costner allowed that in real life, he’s as well-schooled in pro football as his “Draft Day” character, the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. “Yes, I do know that much about football,” he added.
Screenwriter Rajiv Joseph admitted that he had not planned to set the film in Cleveland.
“I’m a huge Browns fan and I couldn’t write dispassionately about the team, so we set the film in Buffalo,” he explained. “Then the producers set it in Cleveland anyhow because of incentives.”
Joseph’s co-writer Scott Rothman admitted that he was amazed at the scale of the film, complete with the NFL’s blessing and access to archival footage. “We never really expected the film to get made; when we started working, we thought this was going to be very small without the NFL getting involved,” he added.
Director Ivan Reitman said that he made the film for those who know little about football.
“Our idea all along was to make a film for people who aren’t football fans, so it’s gratifying to hear people say that they don’t know anything about football but they really like the film,” Reitman noted. “At least, that’s what they’re telling me tonight.”
“Draft Day” hits theaters Friday.
Jennifer attended the ‘Draft Day’ Los Angeles Premiere at Regency Village Theatre on April 7 in Westwood. She looks stunning in Max Mara jumpsuit.
I have added over 600 HQ pictures. Thanks to my friend Claudia for some of them.
– Public Appearances 2014 Draft Day Premiere
Her new movie centers on football, but Jennifer Garner prefers baseball.
“I’m so addicted,” the actress said. “I dream about what happens for the Red Sox.”
She didn’t grow up following baseball, but since marrying Ben Affleck — a famously devoted Red Sox fan — Garner has become every bit as big a fan.
“Give me a baseball game,” she said. “To me, sports are like the ultimate soap opera.”
Draft Day, opening nationwide on Friday, casts Garner as Ali, a lawyer who is among the key people in the Cleveland Browns administration.
She is a “capologist,” a specialist in the arcane rules that govern the National Football League’s salary cap.
In theory, the rules ensure that all teams spend the same amount on players, enabling less-affluent teams to remain competitive with the richest franchises.
In reality, the rules have endless details and loopholes, and a team with skilled capologists has advantages.
Ali also is the secret girlfriend of Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner), the Browns’ embattled general manager, whose future with the team might depend on his success in landing the league’s No.?1 draft pick. Amid the chaos of draft day, she has to inform Sonny that she’s pregnant.
Jennifer Garner plays a capologist, or a salary cap executive, for the Cleveland Browns in director Ivan Reitman’s “Draft Day.” So, in our recent chat, the talk veered toward who the capologist is in the home she shares with actor-director Ben Affleck and their three kids.
“I’m very much the CEO of our household, for sure,” quipped the actress, radiant in an Alexander McQueen dress and Christian Louboutin pumps. “I was just laughing to myself today, thinking, ‘I need to leave a check for this person and a check for that person.’ I thought, Ben doesn’t know how much that person gets paid. He wouldn’t know what their last names are. It’s my job. Maybe we’re traditional in that way.
“There are those of us in our family who are willing to be salary captain,” she said with a smile.
Ali, Jennifer’s capologist in “Draft Day,” is the girlfriend of the Cleveland Browns’ general manager Sonny Weaver Jr., played by Kevin Costner, who has the chance to rebuild the team when he trades for the top pick at the NFL Draft. Frank Langella, Terry Crews, Chadwick Boseman, Arian Foster, Sean Combs and Rosanna Arquette also star in this drama.