The past 18 months have been bad for so many people that it’s always nice to talk about someone who fate has smiled upon during this tough time. And Jason Sudeikis is one of a small number of very, very lucky people who’s had nothing short of a fantastic run recently.
Let’s face it, no one saw Ted Lasso coming. The series Sudeikis co-created about a goofy American hired to coach a failing British soccer (or, football, to them) team took everyone by surprise, and its upbeat message hit Apple TV+ viewers at exactly the right time. A time when everything seemed bleak and everyone was angry, terrified or distraught. And then here comes this unfailingly optimistic, mustachioed guy spouting off words of wisdom like, “Be a goldfish.” People went wild for it, and Sudeikis, the show and the cast have won soooo many awards already. Now they’re up for a whopping 20 Emmy nominations at tomorrow evening’s ceremony, and I for one will be rooting for them!
I almost forgot to mention the whole reason for this post: Jason’s 46th birthday is today, so how great would it be for him to win a bunch of Emmys tomorrow as his present?
If you’d like to celebrate the stellar year Jason’s had along with his birthday, here are just a few of his many movies available at Redbox:
The Book of Love – Free on Redbox On Demand right now, it stars Sudeikis as a grieving husband who bonds with a runaway played by Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams.
Colossal – This hard-to-categorize, truly original movie was one of my favorite films of 2017. Anne Hathaway plays an alcoholic who moves back home and reconnects with a childhood friend (Sudeikis). At the same time across the globe, a monstrous Godzilla-like creature is destroying Seoul, Korea, and Anne’s character eventually suspects she may have a connection to the beast.
We’re the Millers – Jennifer Aniston and Sudeikis play faux parents of Emma Roberts and Will Poulter while attempting to pull off a drug-smuggling scheme. I don’t have to tell you that nothing goes as planned. But just like the really, really dumb character in the movie who gets a huge tattoo on his neck, they have “No ragrets!”
Horrible Bosses and Horrible Bosses 2 – Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Sudeikis play friends who are so sick of their, ahem, horrible bosses, that they’re ready to get rid of them—permanently. And in the sequel, the guys decide to work for themselves and find out that being the boss isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.
Race – I loved this biopic about American track star Jesse Owens (Stephan James), who competed in the 1936 Olympic Games despite the ceremonies being held in Berlin, Germany, during Nazi rule. Sudeikis played Owens’ coach at Ohio State, Larry Snyder, who had to motivate Owens while dealing with his own demons.
Things aren’t slowing down for the birthday boy anytime soon. There’s still the third (and most likely final) season of Ted Lasso to write and shoot, for one thing. But before that, in early October he’s starring opposite Evangeline Lilly in South of Heaven, a crime thriller whose trailer dropped recently and looks really good. (And he’s kept his Ted Lasso accent for it!)
He’s also got the film El Tonto on the horizon, written and directed by (and starring!) his Horrible Bosses castmate Charlie Day. There’s not much information out there just get about this comedy, but Sudeikis is joining a truly eclectic cast including everyone from Ken Jeong to John Malkovich to Common. All we know about this plot is: “A silent character becomes an accidental celebrity only to lose it all.” Sign me up!
Happy birthday, Jason! Here’s to another amazing trip around the sun.