Former Bills receiver Andre Reed, a Hall of Famer, on his budding career as a performer:”After I move into somethingI’m really worked up about, I put 100 per cent into it.”
Andre Reed, that ranks seventh in NFL history with 85 postseason receptions, became a household name by playing four consecutive Super Bowls for its Buffalo Bills in early 1990s, games that were broadcast to tens of thousands of millions of fans throughout the nation.
That history created Reed quick when television producer Peter Lenkov asked him whether he’d acting experience to answer.
“Every Sunday I behaved on the football field,” reacted Reed, now living in San Diego.
Lenkov later followed with the 16-year NFL veteran, supplying an opportunity for a cameo appearance on his CBS drama”Hawaii Five-O.” After a thriving spot on the series in January 2017, Reed hit the airwaves again last week for Lenkov’s”MacGyver,” also on CBS.
“The funny thing is you do such little things and it turns in to something different,” he said Wednesday. “When I move into somethingI’m very worked up about, I put 100 per cent into it.”
Reed was a selection of the Bills in 1985 along with also his NFL career running back Thurman Thomas and blossomed along side those of quarterback Jim Kelly — that Reed united upon his induction. Though he captured 951 moves for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns when Lenkov first called, Reed had to earn his roster position.
After their meeting, Lenkov delivered Reed a script to memorize and asked to be shipped straight back of Reed reading it. On the test was passed by reed and was flown staying at the hotel as his seven trips to Honolulu for the Pro Bowl — for taping. The shoot involved Reed being investigated for a murder as the director of a car dealership.
“That which is timed,” Reed explained. “You can mess a few of times, however whenever you mess up, it’s like, you’re money. You’re ruining .”
Despite having about five takes to nail his lines, Reed performed well enough to become predicted in February to a shooting “MacGyver” at a garage Atlanta two weeks after superbowl LIII. The approximately six-hour shoot began at 6 a.m. and saw Reed, playing the part of a prosecutor, speaking into a mobile phone beyond his vehicle before being chased.
“Perhaps one of these times I ought to pay an athlete,” Reed joked of being killed off to the series.
The entire cameo on”MacGyver” lasted about 10 seconds, but Reed found similarities for his acting experience in both the preparation and precision required for the brief appearance.
“I sort of just pictured myself in a certain position in a game at which they were relying on me to produce a grab or become that guy to make the big play,” he explained. “What they watch on television, you don’t watch behind the scenes. Similar to what the fans see on Sunday it’s — there’s a good deal of prep that goes into that. Each practice or week, film work, all things that have to be studied to making everything work how it needs to.”
“It is different than [when everyone is] watching you in a stadium than when somebody is real close to you personally and watching what you’re saying,” he explained.