FOXBOROUGH – When Netflix's new comedy, Living with Yourself, premiered on Netflix, many figured that it would be a fun, if not innocuous, show starring Paul Rudd in dual roles. However, the show has quickly been grabbing headlines for a different reason altogether. There is a cameo in the show from beloved sports icon Tom Brady, the quarterback of the New England Patriots.
Be warned that if you do not want to know what Brady's cameo entails, you should go watch the show and then return to this article. Spoilers ahead.
In the scene with Brady, he is walking out of a massage parlor in a strip mall when he asks Rudd's character if it is his first time visiting. When Rudd's character says yes, Brady replies that it his sixth time. Of course, this is a reference to the fact that Brady has won six Super Bowl titles in his career, but many have also pegged it as a reference to the story about Patriots owner Robert Kraft's illicit affairs at a strip mall massage parlor earlier this year.
In response to questions about the cameo, Brady told reporters, "I think that was taken out of context, just like you're taking it out of context and trying to make it a story for yourself, which has a negative connotation to it, which I don't appreciate." He went to explain that the scene was written four years ago and filmed in front of a green screen and not in front of an actual strip mall. Brady told reporters that he would never do something like that because he values his relationship with Kraft.
The director of the show, Timothy Greenberg, also seemed to help Brady's cause by explaining the reference to Refinery29 as, "There was this implication that maybe he's a clone and he's cheating. When I wrote it, he was 37 and had won four Super Bowls. And then by the time I actually make the thing, he's now 41 and he's just coming off his sixth Super Bowl win. So he became even more perfect."
Knowing how long certain film and television productions take, the chances are so, so slim that this was an intentional dig at Kraft in any way. But it certainly seems like it could be inferred that way. And, hey, Kraft is a billionaire NFL owner who has thrust himself into the public spotlight. Even if it was a joke about him, it is not like he is someone who is "off limits" to joke about. That's probably true for Brady, but not comedians like Greenberg and Rudd.
This is not Brady's first acting performance, either. Aside from his turn in some local and national commercials, Brady has also made guest appearances on The Simpsons and Family Guy, as well as hosted Saturday Night Live. Brady has also made cameos as himself in movies like Entourage and Ted 2. However, this cameo definitely seems to be the most controversial so far.
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