All Saints Episcopal football coach Aaron Beck lands acting job
FORT WORTH, Texas – Earlier this year, a rumor spread among the All Saints Episcopal High School football team in Fort Worth.
Word on the street was that head coach Aaron Beck had taken on a new job.
“I was just [caught] completely off guard, âsaid first year Sawyer Schneider. “I didn’t expect something like that to happen this year.”
“Yeah, I wasn’t expecting that,” added senior lineman Jace Lowe.
“We heard about it, but I had to go and see for myself whether it was true or not,” said second row player Cole Edrich. “And it was.”
The players were clearly stunned, but no one was more shocked by the job offer than Coach Beck.
âI wasn’t just shocked, I was terrified,â Beck said. “What am I going to do with this?” “
Never in a million years had Coach Beck expected to be – an actor.
He was chosen as an arbitrator in “12 Mighty Orphans”, along with Luke Wilson and Martin Sheen.
The film, which highlights the Fort Worth Masonic School football team in the 1930s, was filmed throughout North Texas and released this summer.
Coach Beck, who grew up near the orphanage, got involved in the film after a school board member bought the rights to the book of the same name.
Beck and his team were recruited to teach actors how to play football, until a producer called with an offer.
“He said, ‘Coach, we would love for you to come and be in the movie,'” Beck recalls.
They shaved off his facial hair, dressed him and threw him on the set. Beck, completely unaware that he had any lines, didn’t think his role would make the final cut.
Most of his players who trained with the actors at the start of production in 2019 had graduated and gone, and Beck never really spoke to his current team about his role in the film. But when his players saw the movie, they weren’t happy. Not with his acting, but his arbitration.
âI thought he was good, but he made a bad decision,â said senior Judd Johnson.
“He made a bad call,” admitted second-year student Lucas Turley.
“Yeah, it was pretty questionable, but he’ll be the only referee I’ve ever loved,” Edrich joked.
Coach Beck has answered his character’s call.
“I stand by the call,” he said. “The call was the right call.”
What do his players think of his acting game?
âPossibly Oscar nominated,â Turley said.
âYeah, I’d give it the Oscar buzz,â Schneider added.
After coaching football in high school for 35 years, maybe it’s time for Beck to pursue a new career.
âI don’t know if that will happen, however. I think he likes the team too much, âsaid senior Creed Williams.
âI don’t think he will leave us for Hollywood,â Schneider said.
âHollywood is not in the future,â Beck said. “We’re going to stick to our day job.”
It’s a good call.