Movie star Brandon Routh isn't exactly a lacrosse veteran. He grew up in Iowa as a soccer player, getting only a taste of lax during gym class.
"We only had a couple days of a lacrosse segment, using plastic sticks," he remembers. "But we ran around and had a good time, and I loved it!"
With that in mind, he couldn't pass on a chance to star in the upcoming lacrosse film Crooked Arrows. Routh plays the role of Joe Logan, a mixed-blood Native American who returns home to coach his reservation’s high school lacrosse team, which competes against the better equipped and better trained players of the elite Prep School League. (Click here to see a preview!).
The film deals with lacrosse's Native Americans roots, also important to Routh, who is a small part Native American.
But mostly, it gave him a chance to train as (and become) a pretty darn good lacrosse player.
"I had a couple months to perfect my shot," he says. "The idea was to make it look like I had been playing for years, and I think I did alright with that."
Get to know Routh a little better as he takes the answers the Movie Star version of 10 Questions...
What time is your alarm set for?
Typical day, probably 9:00. But that's pre-baby. My wife's pregnant, so that's going to change in the next few months!
Chocolate, Vanilla, or Strawberry ice cream?
What was your childhood nickname?
BR, it was just my initials.
If you weren’t an actor, what would you want to do?
My everyday job before I became an actor, I was going to be a writer. Or be a graphic designer and go into advertising.
Do you have a lucky number?
I actually have two: 9 and 16. Nine because it's my birthday, and nines in some cultures are considered very lucky. And 16 is for Joe Montana. He's the man.
What's your favorite city to spend time in?
My favorite city is Norwalk, Iowa, where I'm from!
What do you do on days off?
I go out to lunch, see a movie, and hang with friends.
Who is the greatest athlete of all-time?
I guess I would go with Michael Jordan. He's the first name that comes to my mind. You can't go wrong with Michael Jordan.
What is the greatest sports movie ever? (And you can't say Crooked Arrows!)
I love Rudy.
What is the last item that you purchased?
It was actually a movie ticket. I saw The Avengers.