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INVINCIBLE

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"I just was a guy with a dream—and it never dawned on me that I would have the chance to impact so many people.” —Vince Papale, the real-life inspiration for INVINCIBLE

It's every sports fan's wildest, craziest fantasy—the chance to play on the field and go toe-to-toe with the larger-than-life heroes they idolize. Yet, in 1976, this seemingly fairy-tale scenario happened in real life. It was then that Vince Papale, a 30-year-old teacher and part-time bartender with little football experience other than being a season ticket-holder, entered the unprecedented public tryouts for his NFL favorites, the Philadelphia Eagles, and defied all expectations. Not only did Papale make the team—he remade the team, helping to inspire them to break through their 11-season losing streak and rediscover their winning spirit. In the bicentennial year of 1976, Papale lived out the dreams of a city and a nation by taking on the impossible with an unsinkable attitude and becoming the NFL's most unlikely rookie ever.

Now, 30 years later, Papale's story of triumph against outrageous odds and his gritty, never-say-die outlook serve once again as inspiration—this time for Walt Disney Pictures' stirring sports drama INVINCIBLE.

In the tradition of such Disney sports classics as "The Rookie” and "Remember the Titans,” INVINCIBLE recounts a true-life story of human achievement in the face of adversity. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as the down-and-out Papale who is handed a once-in-a-lifetime shot at turning from anonymous football fan to football star by legendary coach Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear)—after he sees in Papale the kind of guts and heart he hopes to build in his team. Now, up against bone-crushing training sessions, the intense pressure of make-or-break games, and thrust into a pro sports world he had only ever imagined, Vince must find a way to transform from watching the games from the cheap seats to playing them for real stakes.

The first film in over a decade to receive full support from and access to the NFL, INVINCIBLE not only features a moving human drama and riveting lead performances, but also includes some of the most authentic re-creations of NFL action yet seen on screen. So rare is NFL support for a feature film that the league has lent it only three previous times in Hollywood history—the last time was for "Jerry Maguire” in 1996. The other films were "Brian's Song” and "Black Sunday.”

"INVINCIBLE captures the essence of the American Dream and the values of the NFL: heart, perseverance and a passion for football,” says Tracy Perlman, Director of Entertainment Marketing and Promotions for the NFL, of their rare decision to become a full partner in the production. "It's an inspirational story that's as much about football as it is about overcoming obstacles and not giving up.”

INVINCIBLE is produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, the team behind "The Rookie” and "Miracle,” along with Ken Mok and executive produced by Victor H. Constantino, Nicole Reed and Ezra Swerdlow. Marking his feature-film debut, the film is directed by Ericson Core, an accomplished director of photography who also serves as the film's cinematographer, from a script by newcomer Brad Gann. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rispoli and Kevin Conway as well as featuring an ensemble of real football players who take real hits in their vivid re-creations of 1976 games.

As INVINCIBLE completed production, the man who inspired the film's story, Vince Papale, was in awe of all that had happened to him. In addition to being the most unlikely rookie to ever play in the NFL, Papale has gone on to be a cancer survivor, motivational speaker and, now, the subject of a major motion picture. "If anybody would have told me that I was going to play for the NFL and then have a Disney movie b

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