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Joe Montana Tears Holes in 'Rudy'

9/8/2010 11:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joe Montana has some issues with the way his former college team was portrayed in "Rudy" -- because the former Notre Dame superstar just insinuated Rudy Ruettiger was more of a joke than an inspiration.

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Montana -- who played on the 1975 Fighting Irish squad with Ruettiger -- appeared on DirecTV's Dan Patrick Show this morning and said of the flick, "It's a movie remember ... not all that's true."

After a dismissive sigh, Montana undermined some of the main storylines in the movie saying, "The crowd wasn’t chanting … nobody threw in their jerseys."

Montana acknowledged that the real Rudy did play in the final home game ... and did get a sack -- but stated that when the players carried Rudy off the field, they were "kinda playin' around ... I won't say as a joke, but playing around."

Joe finished, "He worked his butt off to get where he was ... but not any harder than anybody else."

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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

joe montanna is so old I doubt he remembers what happened yesterday,,to many concussions....
okay joe here is some pudding please say something stupid on my show so we can get u out of here and change your diapers

1507 days ago
17.

Bob Johnson    

Hey MIDNIGHT TOKER, the American's did not win WW2 it was the USSR who won the war. The only reason why the American's need to invade France was because all of Europe would have been communist when the USSR conquered Germany.

1507 days ago
18.

Get back to work!    

Ok, really TMZ? You can post nasty, vomit-inducing photos of that little troll Snooki and weird, bony crotch shots of the White House crasher, and closeups of Zac Efron's heinous earwax, but then you have to go and censor the word "D. O. C. U. M. E. N. T. A. R. Y." in the comments section? Really?

1507 days ago
19.

Robert    

Joe, STFU. Rudy is a real person that worked to get in the game. Hats off to that man.

1507 days ago
20.

HarlotO'Hara    

joe can't share the limelight for even a second.

1507 days ago
21.

c    

Wow, way to go Montana. All you've done is made yourself look like a major di ckhole. Really? You're jealous because this poor kid kid who didn't really do anything (no superbowl rings like the great Montana) got to be in the spotlight for 2 seconds almost 20 years ago? Wow, grow up. It's not always about YOUR self-important ass.

1507 days ago
22.

I am Spartacus    

I'm a ND fan and Rudy is one of my favorite movies but this isn't the 1st time i've heard this. I've also heard from a lot of people that Rudy is kind of an arrogent guy since he got older and the movie came out. I had read that the players turning in their jerseys was something added for the movie so Joe isn't the 1st to say that, no one was really chanting his name like the movie leads you to believe, the janitor wasn't even a real person. Dan Devine was not as much of a jerk as the movie portrayed him as. People have a tendancy to believe everything they see in a movie if its based on a true story when most of the time in these inspirtational sports movies the people making the movie add and change a lot of things to make it more entertaining.

I got to listen to the 2 coaches, the REAL coaches that Remember the Titans is based on. They also said Disney added a lot of stuff and about 65-70% of the movie is accurate and the rest is added for entertainment value.

Joe didn't bring this up, he was asked about the real Rudy. He's prob sick of getting asked about some practice player that got way more credit and attention than he deserved. How many other players were there on those teams? How many of those guys worked just as hard if not harder than Rudy? How many walk ons are there in college sports?

With that being said, the movie is still one of the best out there and nearly brings me to tears everytime i watch it.

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Beyond the casting of the lead, there were some dramatic alterations, as well:

In the film, Notre Dame coach Dan Devine is convinced to let Rudy dress for the last game by the players, who all turn in their jerseys in protest when he isn't on the game list. In real life, "Dan made the announcement that I'd be playing at practice and everybody cheered," he told the New York Times. Linebackers coach George Kelly added, "There's no question he was on the dress list. It was posted on Thursday." According to the Houston Chronicle, Devine was furious about the fictionalized scene. "The jersey scene is unforgivable. It's a lie and untrue. Coming on the heels of 'Under the Tarnished Dome' (a book critical of the university's football program). I don't think it's a very good thing for Notre Dame."

In the film, Coach Devine is urged to let Ruettiger play by fans and players chanting "Ru-dy" during the last game. In real life, that wasn't the case. In Devine's autobiography, Simply Devine, he wrote that it was his idea to dress Rudy for the final game of his college career and also to play him. Devine revealed that screenwriter Angelo Pizzo told him that the plot would only work if he became the heavy. Devine agreed in order to help out Rudy. "I didn't realize I would be such a heavy," he wrote. Additionally, the fans didn't chant his name until after he made his famous tackle on the final play.

In another case of dramatic license, Rudy’s older brother, Frank, constantly mocks his dreams. In real life, Rudy had two big sisters but was the oldest boy in a family of 14 children, none of them named Frank. That character, Ruettiger told the New York Times, is a composite of "everybody who ever discouraged me."

The groundskeeper played by Charles S. Dutton wasn't a real character. Rudy told the Pigskin Post, "He was a composite, but that was reality. And that’s what happened in my life…all through my life. I would encounter people like that and they would help me get through the tough times through their wisdom and their encouragement."

The last game of the season was not Georgia Tech. That was the last home game. Rudy quits when his name isn't on the dress list for the Georgia Tech game. He quits before what another player calls the last practice, implying that the Georgia Tech game is to be the final contest of the season. Coach Devine also says it'll be the last game for the seniors. The Irish played Tech in its final home game of 1975, on Nov. 8. They still had two away games remaining -- they would lose to Pittsburgh the following week, and defeat Miami in their final contest.

1507 days ago
23.

Bubbles The Chimp    

I don't know any of these two guys. But then again, I do not know American football. This Joe guy seems to have a chip on his shoulder.

1507 days ago
24.

Wendy    

Are you kidding me? Really? I mean hello. This movie years nearly 17 years old and now you choose to come out and "make corrections?" Get a life Joe! Sounds like jealousy to me! Even if there were creative changes made, the spirit of this man was real. He was someone that went up against the odds and was a true hero to many. The movie and his story (without the carrying off the field, thrown jerseys, etc) are still and inspiration. You have had your moments in the sun. Stop trying to diminish what he was able to accomplish!! Really sad!

1507 days ago
25.

GHS    

Backpedaling!
"Oh, the guys just went crazy on the sideline," said Joe Montana on Charles Kuralt's "Sunday Morning" show in December 1992. "I mean, it was like we had won the national championship almost. I mean, that's how -- how excited everybody was for him."

1507 days ago
26.

MG    

With all of the accolades that Joe Montana has received and WILL continue to receive. You would think that this wouldn't bother him. Shame on you Joe ! It was 30 plus years ago, Let it go !

1507 days ago
27.

messygirl    

Movies aren't exactly like real life? Really? Screenwriters alter the story a bit to make it fit into movie format? Really? Things get fictionalized for the sake of making a non-boring movie? Really? Gosh, that's surprising. Also, the sky is blue!

1507 days ago
28.

??    

Jerk Montana, if it isn't about him how could it be true. It wasn't listed as an autobiographical film, but was based on real events. Get a life Joe your day (like mine) is past.

1507 days ago
29.

jmk    

Gee, Joe, haven't you been successful enough without trying to suck the glory away from Rudy? Sad and disappointing.

1507 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

Hey MIDNIGHT TOKER, the American's did not win WW2 it was the USSR who won the war. The only reason why the American's need to invade France was because all of Europe would have been communist when the USSR conquered Germany.

Posted at 8:24 AM on Sep 8, 2010 by Bob Johnson
hmmmm okay if u say so

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