Ten actors that could play Ryan Day if a Hollywood movie about Ohio State were greenlighted

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In case you missed the news, there is a new movie in the making, and it’s about a popular football coach, the New Orleans Saints’ Sean Payton. The movie is titled “Home Team,” and will be a Netflix feature produced by Adam Sandler.

As with any movie, there are casting decisions to be made, and in this case, that all starts with determining who will star in Payton’s role. We have no idea how long it took or who all was approached, but the actor that will be portray Payton is none other than Kevin James.

It got us all thinking. What if a movie were to surface focused on THE Ohio State football team and head coach Ryan Day. Who would play him?

We’ve scoured IMDb and our own favorite actors list to highlight some that might be best to play Day’s part and would love for you to get into the act. Let us know who you think, or what you feel about who we have identified, all in good fun.

Matt Damon

Actor Matt Damon is seen on the grid before the start of the 103rd running of the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 26, 2019. Credit: USA TODAY

Why It Makes Sense

Damon may not look like Ryan Day -- that's hard to find -- but his age is about right and he's got the experience to play about any type of role. We could add a little dark hair dye as a part of the makeup crew, and things would be off and rolling. After all, he was Bourne for the role (see what we did there?).

Robert Downey, Jr.

April 22, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Portrait of actor Robert Downey Jr. who is starring in "Iron Man 3". It's the first Iron Man since "The Avengers". Portrait shot at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills. Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

Why It Makes Sense

Okay, I'll admit, the dark hair of Robert Downey, Jr. is about the only thing we have going here, but if you want a blockbuster movie, go out and get one of the best-known actors out there. Besides, with the Avengers and Iron Man movies having now outlived their shelf-life, he's available. It just depends on what version of him you want. He's changed his appearance so often, one more would hardly matter. With a snap of the fingers, he could take down Jim Harbaugh -- we've seen it before I think.

Hugh Jackman

Jan 7, 2018; Beverly Hills, CA, USA; Hugh Jackman arrives in the International Ballroom for the start of the 75th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Credit: Kyle Grillot-USA TODAY NETWORK

Why It Makes Sense

Ok, this is my personal favorite. It would be an ironic twist to have the actor that once played "Wolverine" to be cast as the head football coach of Ohio State, but it would be money. The appearance is somewhat close, and Jackman has even worked out at Ohio State before, so there's familiarity there. If this movie ever surfaces, said producer should be on the phone about 30 seconds after it is greenlighted. On the other end should be "Wolverine."

Sean Penn

January 27, 2007; Washington, DC, USA; United for Peace and Justice Anti-war Rally and March -- Actor and activist Sean Penn speaks at the U.S. Navy Memorial during in a protest against the war in Iraq. Credit: Michael Madrid/USA TODAY

Why It Makes Sense

Well, if we're sticking with the middle-aged, white males that have dark hair, we might as well throw Sean Penn in there. He's traditionally had some darker, more tragic roles though, so it would fit when Ohio State played bully to Michigan again. Aside from that, he'd have to lighten up a bit to play Ryan Day, but it could work.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio backstage after accepting Best Actor for "The Revenant" during the 88th annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 28, 2016, in Hollywood, Calif.
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Why It Makes Sense

OK. This might be a little bit of a stretch, but someone has to tell Michigan that their ship is going down, and why not the star of Titanic? DiCaprio does have varied roles and could acclimate to being a head coach, or so I think. Imagine the "Wolf of Wall Street" as the Wolf of the Big Ten.

Russell Crowe

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Why It Makes Sense

I know, I know, Russell Crowe is clearly past his prime and clearly older than Ryan Day. However, that's what hair and makeup are for. Give the guy a shave to get rid of the gray in the beard and I think we're onto something. He starred in Gladiator and that makes sense to me. "Are you not entertained?"

Christian Bale

Christian Bale takes in the crowd before the103rd Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 26, 2019. Credit: USA TODAY

Why It Makes Sense

There is a slight resemblance, but besides that, what better person to play an Ohio State superhero in some fans' eyes than a guy that played a superhero in the movies. "I'm Buckeyeman" could be a new catchphrase. Ryan Day answered the call when Urban Meyer rode off into the sunset just like Bale's Batman did when seeing the bat signal in the Dark Knight trilogy. Remember, OSU once promoted a "Dark Night in the Shoe" when fans wore all black. Tie-ins, tie-ins ...

Colin Farrell

Jan 8, 2017; Beverly Hills, CA, USA; Colin Farrell arrives for the 74th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY NETWORK

Why It Makes Sense

While you might think Colin Farrel could be a little too serious to play Ryan Day, the hair and look kind of work here. Besides, the intensity that he's known for works on the sidelines when you're taking down a Big Ten opponent.

Tom Cruise

Mar 27, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Film actor Tom Cruise attends the NBA game between the New Orleans Hornets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Why It Makes Sense

Yes, we had to go here at some point. If you're going to make a movie about a middle-aged head football coach, why not look for the middle-aged guy that is arguably the biggest movie star of all time to play the head man of the winningest college football program of all time (by percentage points). Besides, there are so many one-liners Tom Cruise could pull out. When calling a stretch play on the perimeter: "I feel the need, the need for speed (Top Gun)." With a contract extension that will inevitably come with more cash: "Show me the money (Jerry McGuire)." Or, to the national championship trophy Day eventually brings home: "You complete me (also Jerry McGuire)." We could go on here, but you get the point.

Mark Wahlberg

Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots fan and actor Mark Wahlberg in attendance before Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Why It Makes Sense

The workout fanatic physique may not quite match (sorry Day, we know you're working on it), but Mark Wahlberg already owns a car dealership in Columbus, so why not level up and play the head coach of the biggest brand in the C-Bus market, Ohio State? It may take some forgiving to allow a Patriots fan to play the part, but he could feed everyone Wahlburgers and fughetaboutit.

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