July 14--BIXBY -- Oklahoma fans -- young and old -- patiently stood in line on Saturday night to meet Brian Bosworth.
Some were clutching keepsakes from Bosworth's playing days. Stories were swapped before receiving an autographed poster of "Revelation Road 2: The Sea of Glass and Fire" which was being shown at Starworld 20.
Blake Simon talked about cheering for Bosworth while both were students at OU. Next to him wearing crimson-and-cream was his 13-year-old daughter Lauren.
How does a young teen born years after Bosworth's playing career know about the former All-American linebacker?
"I have a sports room with a lot of old pictures," Simon said with a smile while clutching even more OU memorabilia.
Bosworth took time with fans to relive history and take pictures before an evening screening of Revelation Road 2.
The independent, faith-based film is Bosworth's 14th movie. He starred in the 1991 action flick "Stone Cold" and had parts in other films like "Three Kings" and "The Longest Yard."
"I actually didn't want to make movies," Bosworth said when asked about his start. "They had to drag me kicking and screaming to the first movie, which was Stone Cold. To make movies, you have to be trained. You can't say, 'Hey, I'm here.' Especially when you are the quote-unquote star of the movie and you are carrying the movie on your shoulders."
Bosworth stars as "Hawg," the leader of a biker gang looking for revenge on the film's main character in the "Revelation Road" series. The movie's faith-based theme was what Bosworth needed, he said.
"I wasn't looking at the acting world anymore. These people came to me and said, 'We want to give you this movie and we just hope that you will take it.' " Bosworth said. "I told them no, I didn't want to take it. I didn't want to have anything to do with it. I just didn't want any part of (acting) anymore."
At the prompting of his then-agent, he read the script and said it blew him away.
"I could see the character of that particular 'Hawg' and I saw myself in the mirror and I didn't like it. I thought it was a great opportunity," Bosworth said.
"I don't know why it was handed to me at the time. Cloudy then, clear now. That was God's work in nudging me a little bit and saying I'm still here and I'm a big fan of Brian and I want you to feel good about your life and I want you to come home. It was a happy ending to that story."
Bosworth said the production company wants to make more movies and he'll study offers.
But the Hollywood life -- contrary to popular belief -- is no longer his style, he said.
"As surprising as it may seem, I don't like to go out there and stand there and say, 'Hey, look at me,' " he said. "I think people always thought that's what my character was and when I was playing football, yeah, because that's how I got a lot of my emotion. ...
"(Now) I sit at home. I don't go out looking for paparazzi or go to clubs and stand on tables and go dancing ... that's not just who I am. I don't need to go crave the attention of being in a film."
Eric Bailey 918-581-8391
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