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The All-Pro defensive tackle and NFL Defensive Player of the Year signed for a Defensive end Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after a tackle The Rams managed to maintain a civil relationship with Donald throughout the two SPONSORED LINKSMORE FROM NBC Los Angeles. Bob Costas had stepped away from the spotlight at NBC. PHILIP WINCHESTER: I can't give away the end of the season, but just in the way the But I know this was a show that was built on this relationship of Scott and . And I think John Rogers and NBC are on board for that.
Smith passed away Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer at the age of just He played for Stevens on those Butler teams that went to back-to-back Final Fours. I found it so tough to watch Stevens try to answer questions about his former player, holding back tears and attempting to communicate what the relationship meant to him.
The bond between a player and a coach is special, unique and so difficult to explain. To try and sum it up in just a few words is nearly impossible. To do so after a player that he loved has passed away is not just impossible but, undoubtedly, incredibly painful.
Last week, Stevens missed a Celtics game against the Bulls to go visit Smith. At first, I heard people on the radio questioning the situation without knowing the circumstances. Not every former player has these types of relationships with coaches.
People liken a strong player-coach connection to that of a parent and a child. Fortunately for me, I've had great relationships with three of my coaches. I think the basis of them, just like a parental one, is love.
Not love for each other, at least not initially, Love for the game. College coaches, many high school coaches and even some youth coaches truly love the game. Many players never experience this. When he took the job, the first thing he talked about was commitment. And I reciprocated that commitment by doing anything he asked on the court, in the classroom or the community. But I will share one story.
After congratulating me, he asked if I needed somewhere to stay. But after a few days, I had to call back and ask if I could crash with him. Without asking his wife and two kids, he offered me a room in his home. I lived there for nearly a month.
After all, he was my coach. I was best man at his wedding and am the godfather of his son, Julius. What was it like to add Michelle Yeoh into the mix? Working with her was like having these little micro acting lessons, every day. I just watched her give these performances where her subtlety was so small.
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She was just amazing and so much fun to work with. Did you guys intentionally want to make this last season a mission that was bigger and more difficult to survive than ever before?
So, this season, we went to Thailand, where we had never been, and Budapest. Not only for the show but for the audience who stuck it out for four years, we had to give something back.
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Without going over the top, I think that it does what it needs to do. Stonebridge is the guy who shied away from helping Scott out personally, or doing things that maybe exposed his inner life, so it was nice, this year, to be given the opportunity to shine the light a little bit more on the inside of Stonebridge and who he is. He has nothing to lose anymore.
How much longer are we going to operate in the grey?
The lid comes off of Stonebridge a little bit more and he becomes a little bit more outspoken, and that was fun to explore, as an actor. What should fans brace themselves for, with this final season? When all is said and done, will viewers feel satisfied with where the characters are left, or will it be bittersweet?
For me, personally, it was bittersweet. For me, it was bittersweet, purely on a professional level. I cannot believe that that happened to us. Being a guy and being an actor, it ticked every single box. The Player came awfully close, just in the fact that we have the support from our production and we have an amazing cast.
So, it was amazing. We have really smart people involved in this. What was it about The Player that made you want to sign on and jump right back in to another TV series, especially for another one with such big action? What happened over the years on Strike Back was that we learned how to do it and we learned how to make it look as realistic as possible, shoot it as quick as possible, and be as safe as possible.
John Rogers was a huge Strike Back fan, and he just sat me down and we had a talk about it. He told me what he wanted the show to be, and everything that he told me was that it would be fun action and really high-brow drama. He knew exactly what he wanted the show to be. There was no guesswork.
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Stonebridge was very much a machine. Work got in the way of his social life and his personal life. Everything was about soldiering, and everything was about right and wrong. Even though they operated in the grey area, he believed there was always a reason for it.