Blue Chips

Character: Jenny Bell

Directed by: William Friedkin

Written by: Ron Shelton

Produced by: Michele Rappaport

Cast Members: Nick Nolte, J.T. Walsh, Ed O'Neill, Alfre Woodard, Shaquille O'Neal, Bob Cousy

Released date: February 18, 1994

Genre: Drama, Sport

A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.

In Mary’s words…

Well, there’s so many memories from that, but the one that always pops into my mind right away is standing on two or three apple boxes to be tall enough to work with Shaq. [Laughs.] I was playing his teacher, and it would’ve been so silly if he’d had to bend over that far to be at eye level with me. It would just look so hideous, talking up to him four feet. So they put me on all these apple boxes, and then someone would hold my hand so I wouldn’t fall off. The whole thing was great fun, though. And Nick Nolte is also a really gifted person, so it was great working with him, and, of course, Billy Friedkin is a brilliant director. I’ve gotten to work with him twice in my career, and I’m grateful. [from “Mary McDonnell on Battlestar Galactica and going mute in front of Robert Redford” by Will Harris]

Script developed by Never Enough Design