HORNETS AND THE HIVE PLAY HOST TO HOLLYWOOD
Will Ferrell, Brooke Shields, Jesse Eisenberg among celebrities spotted at Hornets home games
February 10, 2012
The New Orleans Hornets have hosted several of Hollywood’s stars during the 2011- 12 season, highlighted by Will Ferrell’s player introductions when the Hornets hosted the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 8. The Hornets have also welcomed Zach Galifianakis, Jesse Eisenberg, Dylan McDermott, Jason Sudeikis, Brooke Shields, Melanie Griffth, Daryl Hannah, Wanda Sykes, Camryn Manheim and Anthony Mackie.
“We’ve been thrilled to welcome a number of different celebrities to Hornets home games and have them experience one of the ‘must-see’ activities in New Orleans,” said Hornets President Hugh Weber. “Will Ferrell, Dylan McDermott and Zach Galifianakis have been back multiple times and we’re happy that they’ve gotten to experience the entertainment and atmosphere that we have at our home games. Fans are also enjoying the celebrity sightings at our games and look forward to seeing who will be here next.”
Ferrell, along with his Dog Fight co-stars Galifianakis, Sudeikis and McDermott, have taken in multiple Hornets games, including the Jan. 21 match-up with the Dallas Mavericks. Producer and Dog Fight screenwriter Chris Hency and Director Jay Roach have also been in attendance. Dog Fight is an upcoming comedy film directed by Roach, starring Ferrell and Galifianakis, as two Southerners vying for a seat in congress to represent their small district.
“It’s fantastic. It’s a great place to watch a game. The Hornets have been really good to me inviting me to games, and the fans seem really into it,” said McDermott. “I have to say that the Hornets organization has been amazing while I’ve been here filming. The Knicks are my home team, but the Hornets have been my home away from home.”
In addition to taking in Hornets games, McDermott has enjoyed exploring New Orleans.
“I love New Orleans,” he said. “I think it is one of the most special places in the United States. It’s the architecture, the people, the food and the music. There’s no other city in the United States like it, so I think it’s a treasure of America.”
Filming for Now You See Me brought 2010 Golden Globe and Oscar nominee Eisenberg to the Hive. The Social Network star, who called New Orleans “one of his favorite cities in the world,” is working on the film with Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freeman, a screenplay about FBI agents who track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances.
“New Orleans has great fans–the fans are very positive and complimentary of the players. I’m from New York so the bar is set high from that standpoint,” Eisenberg said.
Eisenberg echoed McDermott’s affection for the city: “This is the coolest city I’ve ever been to. I’ve explored a lot–visited the tourist attractions and the smaller neighborhoods. I’d love to live here,” he said. “We really enjoyed Mid-City and the Gentilly area. We went to Bullets and listened to Kermit Ruffins play.”
At the Hornets’ match-up against San Antonio on Jan. 23, the cast of The Hot Flashes were in the Hive, including Shields, Griffith, Hannah, Sykes and Manheim. The Hot Flashes follows a group of Texas housewives who challenge the state champion high school basketball team to a game for charity.
Anthony Mackie, a New Orleans native and cast member of the Oscar-winning Hurt Locker, was in attendance Feb. 8 as the Hornets took on the Bulls. Mackie, who also starred in We Are Marshall, filmed three movies in Louisiana that will be released in 2012, including Bolden!, a mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans.
The Hornets hope to welcome Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher to future Hornets home games as they continue to film in New Orleans.
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