James Harrison sets sights on conquering Hollywood
James Harrison has moved on from an outstanding NFL career, having announced his retirement in April of last year after 15 seasons.
While the once-intimidating linebacker has made inroads into broadcasting, it sounds like Harrison is picturing even bigger things in his post-football life: Acting.
Harrison’s foray into making a name for himself in Hollywood has begun in earnest with a cameo appearance on CBS’ “S.W.A.T. Harrison weighed in on the grind of filming scenes from multiple angles and countless takes.
“It’s like repeating the same play 30 times,” Harrison said, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “After about five, you’re like, ‘I’ve got it.'”
It sounds like Harrison, who portrays a Los Angeles firefighter in the episode, made a great impression during his time on the set.
And the “S.W.A.T.” actors approve of his chops. In a news release from Harrison’s public relations firm, show lead Shemar Moore said working with a “true professional” such as Harrison was “dope.” Co-star Jay Harrington said, “The Rock better watch out because #92 is aiming to be an action star, and he’s coming for him.”
"The Rock better watch out because No. 92 is aiming to be an action star, and he's coming for him."@jharrison9292 is serious about his post-football career.https://t.co/AiUfmTO8tX— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 12, 2019
Harrison, who has signed with an agent and hired an acting coach — not to mention taken several meetings with producers and casting directors — envisions himself a potential action star. He views Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as someone to emulate. Harrison also pointed out how it took time for the former WWE superstar to achieve success in Hollywood.
“What a lot of people don’t realize about The Rock is he did other things over the course of 10-15 years before he really blew up,” Harrison said. “He put in the work.”
Harrison, who should end up immortalized in Canton one day, has set his sights on conquering Hollywood and appears content that his playing days are over.
“I loved [football] while I played it, but now that it’s done, I’m enjoying it being done,” Harrison said.