I interviewed Tommy Tuberville a couple of months ago for al.com. (They did some stuff with it—Auburn to the East?, the Legend of the Eufaula Tribune National Champions, etc. ) We talked Netflix while they were setting the cameras. We were both watching the new season of House of Cards.
Jer: “I’m on episode eight.”
Tubs: “I’m on three… don’t tell me, don’t tell me.”
Before that, he had mainlined Narcos because “it’s true. That’s what I like about it, it’s the true story of we came up on cocaine in the ’80s.”
Jer: “Well, hey, Miami — you were down there, right?”
Tubs: “Yeah. He was making 60 million a week… he was ruthless, now—Pablo Escobar.”
Speaking of cocaine, he is (or probably was — huge sigh) a big fan of Bloodline* which stars The Guy From Friday Night Lights.
Yes I have, and since the name of that movie will now be the punchline to at least half the Ole Miss jokes you hear over the next month or so, let’s talk about it.
Tubs: “We were over there about three or four days. They filmed it in Atlanta.”
“Fred Smith, who owns FedEx, bought the movie for his daughter (Molly Smith). She’s a producer, has her own company. He called and said ‘coach, we want all the original guys in there to make it better.’ I said, ‘sure.’ You had to join the Screen Actors Guild. I was already a member. If you do a commercial for Coke or Ford you have to be a Screen Actors Guild member. He called, he said ‘we’re hoping to just do a hundred million to break even.’ They ended up doing 1.5 billion. So they sent each coach $25,000 or $50,000 for charity.”
“I started out getting about $2,000 every quarter for residuals. I’m down to about two or three hundred a quarter now. Mailbox money. I can’t imagine what those actors get.”
* For “fun” (his words), lighthearted drug shows, he recommends Weeds.