Video: Misunderstood Mitch Mustain fires away (literally) in new documentary

Graham Watson

If you've been wondering what happened to former Arkansas/USC quarterback Mitch Mustain, Fayetteville, Ark., filmmaker Matthew Wolfe is here to help.

Wolfe is making a documentary on Mustain called, "The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain," and it picks up where the former top-rated recruit left off after his collegiate eligibility was exhausted.


The trailer, which Wolfe posted on the Vimeo site for Incognito Mosquito Flicks, is a little ambiguous. It shows Mustain in his first appearance with the Razorbacks and all the hype that surrounded it, then shows Mustain in a car, which is interlaced with shots of Mustain randomly shooting guns in a forest. It doesn't exactly look like he's hunting, either, unless he hunts with an assault rifle and a handgun.

After we're treated to his display of marksmanship, Mustain says, "The longer I'm away from the game, the more out of the light I get, the easier it is to get comfortable with myself and what it is I want to be."

From this trailer, it looks like Mustain wants to be a trained assassin. Mustain is even wearing black O.J. Simpson-inspired gloves, you know, so there are no prints left when he dumps the weapon into the river.

According to Wolfe, the documentary has little to do with Mustain as a football player and more about what he's been doing since he left football behind:

Wolfe said he hopes to humanize the former star, and to give Mustain a voice he's never had.

Mustain became somewhat of a polarizing figure in Arkansas after he transferred to USC despite leading the Hogs to an 8-0 record as a true freshman starter in 2006.

Wolfe thinks that's unfair.

"If you read the anonymous posts online about him, you'd think he killed or raped somebody," he said. "I just feel like I want to let him have a chance to respond to all the negative things, to have the final say on something, in his own voice," Wolfe told us.

"He's 24 years old, and in a lot of ways, his life is just beginning," he said. "I think that's the thing that's so interesting."

If the vague trailer was enough to whet your craving for more Mitch Mustain, the man, the myth, the marksman, then you'll be pleased to hear Wolfe plans to have the film finished by the Little Rock Film Festival this spring.

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