A fair number of people have expressed an interest in seeing a biopic based on the US men’s curling team from the recent Winter Olympics, which makes sense because said team managed to secure the gold medal in spite of being considered serious underdogs. Some of the people who have expressed such an interest are normal social media users. However, it is interesting to note that Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman has expressed an interest in playing the role of Matt Hamilton, who was one of the members of the US men’s curling team. This happened because of an amusing Twitter conversation that started up when a fan made a suggestion, which resulted in participation from Hamilton, Yahoo Sports, and USA Curling. It hasn’t been confirmed that there will be a curling biopic happening, but it sure looks as though a number of factors are lining up behind such a thing.
What Caused the Interest in a Curling Biopic?
For people who paid either no attention or minimal attention to the recent Winter Olympics, there is interest in a curling biopic because the US men’s curling team saw a huge comeback in more than one sense. For example, the team captain John Shuster had led the US men’s curling team to previous last and second to last finishes in Vancouver and Sochi, which caused a lot of fans to go after him on the Internet. This resulted in USA Curling implementing a tough program to encourage better performance out of its curlers, which caused Shuster to fail to meet the cut.
In response, Shuster assembled a team of other people who had failed to meet the cut before starting to train based on the new guidelines. For example, he lost 30 pounds when asked. Likewise, he consulted with sports psychologists. As a result, Shuster’s team was able to make it to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. However, even there their experience was far from smooth sailing, seeing as how they saw a 2-4 start that needed Shuster to be consoled by his wife. It was that moment that soon resulted in Shuster making a decision that he was sick of feeling sick at the Winter Olympics, which kicked off a turn-around in their fortunes. Moreover, Shuster had a critical part in claiming the ultimate win, seeing as how he was the one who seized the chance that came up when the Swedish team made a mistake in the last round.
Summed up, it is no wonder that there is so much interest in a curling biopic. Simply put, the whole thing reads like a classic “underdog beating the odds” narrative out of a sports movie, so much so that it even comes with its up and down tempo. Granted, a biopic about the curling win isn’t guaranteed at this point in time, but considering that the US men’s curling team are being flooded with endorsement offers in recognition of their unexpected win, it is no exaggeration to say that they look like they have a real chance of getting one at some point in the future.