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Chop-Up: "When the Game Stands Tall" star Ser'Darius Blain

When the Game Stands Tall star Ser'Darius Blain was an accomplished hooper in high school. / MLC PR

When the Game Stands Tall star Ser’Darius Blain was an accomplished hooper in high school. / MLC PR

Ser’Darius Blain may be playing star wideout Cam Colvin in Sony Pictures highly-anticipated film “When the Game Stands Tall”, which opens in theatres on August 22, but during his playing days in Melbourne Fla., Blain was all basketball, all the time.

“I’m all about basketball!” Blain said. “Basketball was my first love. I’ve got a nasty left hand, I’ll tell you that much!”

And if he had the choice on where to use said nasty left hand in college?

“Gator Chomp all day!” Blain said of the Florida Gators.

I caught up with Blain to chop-it-up about everything from his new movie, which tells the story of the De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) football team’s unprecedented 151-game winning streak, to under which circumstance he’d like to be called “Dirty Willie Randolph” to why, when it comes to fast food, Checkers is king of burgers.

Jason Jordan: I always like to start out by gauging the sports backgrounds and experiences of my guests on the Chop-Up; what are yours?

Ser’Darius Blain: I played in high school in Melbourne, Fla. I played basketball and I played football when I was younger. Basketball was really my first love. I played small forward and power forward all four years and we were actually No. 8 in the state and only lost two games my senior year at Brevard Christian School. I’m all about basketball; I even coach youth basketball right now too. I tore my ACL like three times, and I figured maybe I should stop!

JJ: So were you good or were you just eh?

SB: (Laughs) Man look, ya know, I don’t like to toot my own horn too much; let’s just say if I get out on the court right now I’d give you problems. I’ve got a nasty left hand, I’ll tell you that much!

JJ: Easy now; you’re talking to a three-time college intramurals champ here.

SB: (Laughs) Oh wow! We’ll have to set something up!

JJ: Let’s say you were the No. 1 high school hooper in the country, where would you have signed on to play in college?
SB: Oh Florida Gators all day! Gator chomp all day!

JJ: What was your shining moment on the court?

SB: Oh man we were playing against Pine Castle Christian and were down 12 in the second half with eight minutes left and I sparked the comeback. We got back to within two points with two minutes left and I turned the ball over late. Somehow my point guard got the ball back and I looked up and saw the ball coming my way and I went up for the two-handed dunk! We ended up winning by two. That was my proudest high school moment!

JJ: Perfect place to take it random; what fast food restaurant has the best burgers?

SB: Ooh I’d have to go with Checkers or Rally’s!

JJ: Both in their prime who wins a heavyweight bout between Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali?

SB: I love Ali, but I’ve gotta go with Mike; he was a savage in the ring!

JJ: Who would you not want to meet in a dark alley?

SB: Can I say Mike Tyson again!

JJ: When you see a yellow traffic light what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

SB: Speed up!

JJ: If you’d 100 percent get away with it what crime would you commit?

SB: Bank robbery; no doubt!

JJ: What movie absolutely deserves a sequel?

SB: Inside Man! I’d love to see that.

JJ: What’s the most overused slang word?

SB: Ratchet or twerk. It’s crazy; I hear those words every day.

JJ: What’s your biggest pet peeve?

SB: I date here and there and I hate it when a female leaves chipped nail polish on their hands and feet. I mean leave it on or take it off!

JJ: If you could’ve been a fly on the wall for any past historic event which would you choose?

SB: Ooh that’s a good one! I’d probably say the “I Have A Dream” speech.

JJ: You tap a car in a parking lot and no one’s around, do you leave a note or move to another row?

SB: No, I’d leave note. I’ve had people do that to me and I ended up with little dents in my car. Gotta leave the note.

JJ: So the guy who guns it through the yellow lights is leaving a note; good stuff!

SB: (Laughs) Yeah I know, I know.

JJ: How would you use a rewind button in life?

SB: Probably just for those embarrassing moments. I know we’re supposed to live life without regrets, but I think we’ve all got a few.

JJ: You’ve unfortunately found yourself in the Witness Protection Program, what’s your cover name?

SB: (Laughs) Wow! My cover name would be Dirty Willie Randolph! Or maybe Willie Parker!

JJ: Talk or text?

SB: Text. I’m not a phone guy, but I talk in person.

JJ: Do you clear out your inbox or do your hoard messages forever?

SB: Yeah, I pretty much keep the messages for a while.

JJ: What’s your best fortune cookie message ever?

SB: Your talents will bring you great success. Then, I don’t keep the fortune cookie message unless it has one of my favorite numbers in it which are 7, 8, 12, 21 and 22. This message had four of my favorite numbers in it too!

JJ: What kind of training did you have to do to get in shape for your role in “When the Game Stands Tall”?

SB: I was on a personal quest to try to gain 12 pounds of muscle and I was able to do that. I worked out at The Duke Academy here in Louisiana with Coach Duke Rousse and he put us through some stuff! We were doing two-a-days; tire drags and box jumps and 300 crunches… He put us through some stuff and got us in great shape. It was an awesome experience because we were able to do some of our own stunts, which fans will be able to appreciate when they see the movie. Every member of the cast was super athletic.

JJ: Talk about what fans can expect from “When the Game Stands Tall”.

SB: I got a chance to see the final cut of it and I was moved; I really was. It’s weird because I was moved by something that I was a part of. A lot of times you aren’t as moved because you’ve been working on it for months and you’re so close to it that, sometimes, it doesn’t impact you as much, but this was different. It’s just such a moving story about the De La Salle High School football team’s 151 straight victories over 12 years. It’s about brotherhood, faith, family, perseverance and endurance and I’m really excited that I got a chance to be a part of it. Thomas Carter and David Zelon did an incredible job of putting this together. I’d put it right up there with some of the best football movies of all time! It’s different than any football movie. Definitely a little different from Remember the Titans or Friday Night Lights. I’ve had more females talk to me about this movie than guys. The football aspect is great, but it’s something that men, women, teens and everyone can relate to. It’s really a great film.

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Chop-Up: "When the Game Stands Tall" star Ser'Darius Blain
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