The Aerie, Yearbook of the University of North Texas, 1992 Page: 6
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by Ian Veader
As the 1991 spring
semester began winding to a
close, many students, teachers,
and faculty entered into an
entirely new routine with the
presence of Hollywood stars,
directors, and a score of famous
athletes due to the filming of
Paramount Pictures' "Necessary
The movie, which was
filmed at UNT from April 17 to
June 1, focused on the clean up
of a corrupt football program by
coach (Hector Elizando) and his
assistant, played by Robert
Loggia. Other big names that
played in the film included Scott
Bakula, Sinbad, Harley Jane
Kozak, Jason Bateman, and
model Kathy Ireland.
In the film, the two
head coaches are confronted
with the obstacle of making
winners out of a group of
unconventional athletes, after
all, but one of the original team
had been suspended. And it was
during this training process that
the football team scrimmages
against a group of prison
inmates featuring several well
known professional athletes.
Included were heavy weight
boxing champ Evander
Holyfield as well as football
greats such as Dick Butkus, Earl
Cambell, Roger Craig, Ben
Davidson, Tony Dorsett, Ed
"Too Tall" Jones, Jim Kelly,
Jerry Rice, Hershall Walker, and
actors and athletes were not the
only ones to get in on the action,
several hundreds UNT students
were in the act as well. Twenty
students also were on the
Paramount payroll working as
production assistants, gaining
valuable professional experience.
graduate stated, "They (R/TV/F
students) are more than getting
exposure to (professional) film
making. It is not like they see on
television and the movies. It is
long days and getting up early."
Roughness was not an Academy
Award winner by any means, the
movie was successful in turning
the movie spotlight to Denton.
With a spotlight of that magni-
tude, it is quite possible that
future UNT Radio/TV/Film
students will have the same
golden opportunities as did the
students before them. "Being a
Drama major, I find it beneficial
to me that movies such as
Necessary Roughness are being
filmed here, "Freshman David
6 Student Life
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