Aug. 10, 2021

BONUS: Tom Hendryk • O'Brien on Ted Lasso

This bonus episode is an interview with Ted Lasso cast member Tom Hendryk, who portrays AFC Richmond goalkeeper Tom O'Brien on the show.


Pull up a stool, Greyhounds - we're back in the Crown & Anchor! This bonus episode is an interview with Ted Lasso cast member Tom Hendryk, who portrays AFC Richmond goalkeeper Tom O'Brien on the show.

We had the opportunity to chat with Tom back in late June, after we connected with him on Twitter shortly after his engagement to his fiancée! While we visited, he shared with us all about his work on Ted Lasso, his deep love for the Eurovision competition, and what a wild ride it has been to be a Leicester City supporter – particularly over the last decade.

We also touched on his experience as a member of a Polish dance troupe, his tenure in a production of an immersive stage version of The Polar Express, and his Covid-19 lockdown creation - a mini webseries titled The Industry.

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Transcript

 

Pull up a stool greyhounds we are back in the Crown and Anchor. This is a bonus episode of Richmond till we die a conversation about the Apple TV plus show Ted lasso where we explore the characters, their relationships to each other, and how they're able to make us laugh until we can hardly breathe one moment and then feel with the deepest parts of our hearts next.

 

Marisa  

Hey everybody, I'm Marissa and I love to lasso.

 

Christian  

I'm Christian and I am temporarily ceeding my title of soccer guy, to today's guest.

 

Brett   

I'm Brett and as a former goalkeeper myself, I am so excited to introduce our very special guest, Tom Hendryk. On the show Ted Lasso you know him as goalkeeper O'Brian he of the torn butt. Tom has appeared on stage as well as in TV and film. And he's a dancer, instructor and choreographer who has performed on stages nationally and internationally. He's pretty good with this feat for a goalkeeper

 

Christian  

Tom hails from Leicester City located in England's East Midlands. As such, he and his family have been longtime Leicester City Football Club supporters. For those who aren't fans of the beautiful game. Leicester City FC has been on a journey these past two decades with joy and pain, and a totally unexpected soccer story that honestly would make for a great TV show.

 

Brett   

We had the opportunity to chat with Tom back in late June before Season Two of Ted lasso had premiered. So there are a few times on this episode where it kind of sounds like we jumped in a time machine to the not so distant past. But I want to assure you all that our conversation with Tom is evergreen and we can't wait for y'all to get stuck in and enjoy this episode. So listeners please join us in giving a warm welcome to recovering AFC Irishman goalkeeper O'Brien himself, Tom Hendrick. Yay, guys, thank you for having me on.

 

Christian  

We are so glad to have you on. We connected with Tom on Twitter shortly after he shared some exciting news. Would you like to share that news with everybody who's not on Twitter?

 

Tom Hendryk  

Yeah, of course. Leicester City won the FA Cup. No, of course I'm joking. Yes. And I am recently engaged to my better half. Babs and and yeah, and it was pretty pretty magical weekend really because I was only half flying lesson city did win the FA Cup for the first time in our in our history. And it happened the day after I got engaged. So it was the pretty much the best weekend of my life. I'd

 

Christian  

say it sounds like it. Speaking of Leicester City. Can you tell us a little bit about the shirt that you have on today?

 

Tom Hendryk  

Yeah, of course I'm wearing this season's Leicester City kit. It's a beautiful, beautiful blue. It's not like the ugly Chelsea blue that you may see as we call it. And we've also got the the Europa League patches. I know we didn't get Champions League this year or last year. But if you're Leicester City fan, any kind of European football is pretty pretty sensational. Really. So I wear my Europa badge with pride as more than other teams like Arsenal can say.

 

Christian  

So first things First, how did you come to be involved with Ted lasso?

 

Tom Hendryk  

Um, I auditioned really, I, I actually, I actually auditioned to be one of the outfield players. And one of the assistant directors came up to me during during the game, we had little training session, and then we have a little match for the football audition, and one of the assistant directors came to me and said, pulled me aside. So Tom, you you don't look like a, like a football player, an outfield full play goalkeeper. And I'm not sure whether it was a compliment or not. But I think it was a compliment. And he said, Would you want to audition in gold? And I said, Wow, he helped me get the job absolute. Absolutely. So so I was in gold for about I felt sorry for the goalkeepers. I did audition to be to be in gold. So So yeah, so I did the audition. in gold. They seem to like me that I did the screen test. And they go, hey, how? And we got the job.

 

Brett   

So we noted in a previous episode that it looked like maybe some of the torn butt scene may have been improvised. Would you like to share any behind the scenes info or secrets about that moment? And were you in fact, in danger of breaking character in that moment?

 

Tom Hendryk  

Obviously, initially, we went to scripts, and everything Jason says, I think actually what you saw on the show was actually what was s cripted. But I think Jason mean, Jason here is just an incredible professional and he could be a comedian himself, because he would have different takes, he was trying lots of different things, trying to get a different reaction out of the lads. Because obviously, you know, if you hear one joke, you hear it and you hear it again, and it's not as funny as before you want that natural reaction. So he was definitely playing with lots of lots of different things. But no, I think we see on the show is pretty much what was what was scripted, however, yeah, Jason light have a bit a bit of fun, as well, which,

 

Brett   

which we all we all loved. It's a really great opening scene to the episodes among many really great opening sequences.

 

Tom Hendryk  

Absolutely, absolutely. Yeah, it was. But it's just a shame because I actually never, I never went to, to the obviously the game so so that was obviously disappointing. My, my injury stopped me from enjoying the celebrations inside the dressing room, which, which, you know, you get to it comes in it goes in a

 

Christian  

one of the things that we track on the show are the parts of the show that are realistic for football and the parts that aren't quite as realistic. And we explain to our audience, why those changes may have been made to work better for TV, and it's changed how high watch the game, because I take note of very rare things that happen. And one of the things that did happen this year is Liverpool's goalkeeper, scored in a stoppage time game winning goal. So that puts that on the table as something that we are hoping you get to experience in season two or season. Just let us know who we need to contact to suggest that.

 

Tom Hendryk  

Well, I'll say I'll say no comment to that. statement. It wasn't so much a question. But yes, it was Yes, it'd be it's a that was an incredible moment for for Alison, and yeah, we're all goalkeepers love that moment. It's a fairy tale moment. So absolutely.

 

Marisa  

Hi, Marissa here. You've done some stage acting and I'm, I'm a musical theater director and teacher here at the college where we live in Kansas here. And so one of the things we love about live theater is that anything can happen at any moment. And this is one of the questions we asked your fellow classmate, Jeremy Swift, is there any fun, embarrassing or scary moments that you've had in live theater that you'd like to share with everyone here

 

Tom Hendryk  

in life? I remember. I also I also dance as well. I remember one time where I was on stage. It was in Poland actually. So so every three years there's a big Polish dance festival with all the all the groups from around the world. They they go Polish dance groups, I say come to Poland for this big, big huge festival. And I was actually drafted in weirdly by an American group from Detroit. Shout out to polanyi Detroit for having me and you Yeah, I mean, I'm, I'm a qualified dance instructor, I'd like to think I'm quite good at what I do. And I think that's why they asked me to join him with them. But my one of my first performances with them was onstage in the big in the big square in general. In Poland, there was 1000s of people that are watching. And my first step going on to the stage, because usually I have the sandpaper in my boots just so there's not so slippy the first step on that stage, I stacked it gone on the floor in front of 1000s of people stand up and dust myself off and crack on. And yeah, that was that was semi humiliating, especially because they brought me in because I'm, well, I like to think I'm pretty good at what I do. And, and that's what happened straight off the bat. I was down. So vino was actually turning into a pretty damn good performance tip kind of, because I was able was feeling the pressure because a big show and in front of lots of people, and it made everyone kind of relax. That's quite funny. We can we can enjoy it now. Because what else can happen? Yeah, he's down. So. So yeah, it was actually a really good really good show. Actually, on the on the show on Ted last so in, in one in one of the dressing room scenes from when we were celebrated. I massively pulled, pulled pulled my ankle. And because it's because obviously we've got started softball cleats, I think you guys say, and obviously we're jumping around having a good time. And the floor is quite slippy. And obviously we're jumping and my ankle goes. And I'm obviously people can't see my face, but I was just trying to just keep it together and celebrate not to ruin the take. I'm just having a good time. But after that I was gone. Luckily, that was the last take of the day. And I think I had to miss them the next day because of it. But yeah, I was I say I to put my foot in the end. Yeah, that was things happen. Things happen. I you just got to get on with it. Whether it's on stage or on in front of a camera.

 

Brett   

That's true. Yeah. I'm glad that you brought up your involvement in Polish dance festivals and things like that. You also speak Polish, right? And you're very involved in like what you said those dance festivals? How have you maintained that connection to Polish culture while you're immersed in the English acting scene in London?

 

Tom Hendryk  

Well, yeah, I'm absolutely i mean, i grew up with it. Really, my mum, my mum actually danced and I used to hate it. I was I was part of the kids group growing up, I hated it. You know, he's boys just wanting to play football and play rugby in, you know, rough house, I suppose. As you guys say, but I didn't want to dance. But then when I kind of got good, you realize that when you're a teenager, you start realizing how a lot of girls here. And they they like dancing as well. And they like people who can dance so so yeah, let's, let's just keep going. And then he kind of it kind of started into this little love, love, love, love. Let's suppose dancing, I became an instructor, qualified instructor. And now the vice chair of the Polish dance groups in the UK. So it's Yeah, it's kind of enveloped my life. And really, in some ways, aside from acting is something I always do and always, always will do and will never really want to give up because it's something it's something that's in my heart, I believe that's who I am. That's where I'm that's kind of where I'm from. And it's very easy to lose traditions and traditions can be bad, there are a lot of traditions that are negative, that need to die. But there are lots of traditions which kind of make you who you are. And I think people need to start holding on to those things and because those things are dying out from us, and so yeah, that's that's, that's, that's why I do it. That's why I do it. That's why I Polish dance as well as acting.

 

Brett   

Yeah, well, Jeremy swift was able to kind of shoehorn his bass playing into an episode, so maybe Oh, Brian's gonna get to polish dance. Oh, that guy could move. Oh, your question about his dance moves.

 

Tom Hendryk  

In the Gada episode, obviously, you already saw a really short, short little snippet of what the man can do. But obviously we saw takes and takes of the stuff. And he was mixing up left, right and center and he was playing some serious shapes. He's a really, really great guy, Jeremy, so absolutely. We loved it.

 

Christian  

In some of your on screen involvement, you've had a run of scary projects. Is that an interest for you? Or is it more coincidental with the ghost stories and the monsters?

 

Tom Hendryk  

It's coincidental. I mean, don't get me wrong, I quite enjoy and quite enjoyed a thrill. I mean, I saw quiet place to the other night. Excellent, just as good as the first one. So I do like that kind of genre. But I suppose coincidences come into it because in an industry, you really are in my position at the moment Anyway, you really can choose, you know, all the avenues you want to go down. I'm sure Jason can pick and choose whatever he wants to do at the moment, but at the moment, not so not so much with me. And I'm very, I befriended a director called Steven last, Steve Olsen. And he's really good, really good at all the horror stuff and he really enjoys it. And I actually went straight into another thriller slash horror film called Jacqueline Hyde straight after telesco she had the weekend to relax well to learn lines, and I was I was back I was back in it the next week for shooting for a week and a bit so So yeah, I really enjoy those kind of things is really cool is in see all the blood noise and all the gore and what they'll make up artists can do that really, really incredible. And I love all that. And yeah, so we've finished Jacqueline Hyde, and that should be out later this year, as well. So yeah,

 

Christian  

We know one of your interests is the singing competition Eurovision. We saw you following along on on Twitter with that, why do you love Eurovision so much? And can you provide just a little bit of insight for the folks in the United States who aren't familiar with Eurovision? why it's such a big deal?

 

Tom Hendryk  

Sure. Okay. I'll, I mean, I won't be succinct, but I'll try to be as soon as possible. Of course, you guys probably the only your only knowledge of it is from the film, right from the Eurovision film and Netflix film, which was actually really, really successful. And I didn't watch it for a while. Because I was so nervous how Eurovision was going to be portrayed because I didn't want it to be portrayed as some kind of joke. And in my eyes, it definitely isn't. I always I like winning. And I remember my first in my first time watching your revision is when we actually won with Katrina and the waves. And I love this I Oh, uk uk one great this is this is brilliant. We haven't won since by the way. But I just married my Polish heritage. I love different music. I love different cultures. And I love it when different countries bring something that's the second thing that he's seeing in their own language. And whether it's a pop song or it's a rock song. I just I just love it. I think I've got a very eclectic taste in music. So if you're screaming at me, I might not like it so much. But everything else I really enjoy. And Eurovision unfortunately has a bad rap of being a bit cheesy. But I believe that kind of thing is dying out. Now if you look at some of the recent winners of Eurovision, if you look at moleskin, who won this year, it's a incredible rock song sang in Italian and I believe like some of that new stuff. Now I want to be a slave as another one of their songs that's in the US Billboard charts now. I mean, it's, you know, your vision groups and songs are becoming big worldwide now. It's actually becoming a thing rather than this kitsch pop Fest, which was kind of like a camp pop fest some some may Some may say. But yeah, I don't know. I love it. And I went to my first Eurovision back in 2011. And I've been to music festivals going to Glastonbury. I've been to World Cups in Football World Cups in euro cups and that kind of thing. And though I love all of that, nothing kind of compared to your vision because it was this big, happy celebration where lots of people from around the world came to just enjoy music, no animosity, no rivalries. And it was just this wonderful, happy place to be a part of and I think that kind of finished me off and I thought yeah, I love this. This is great.

 

Christian  

It was tough for people in the United States to follow for a long time. But this year, I did get a proper broadcast on online network we have called peacock. And so it was much more accessible to folks in the United States this year and we'll see how it goes in the future.

 

Tom Hendryk  

I believe there's going to be an American vision contest. I think next year, I want to say,

 

Christian  

Yeah, we like to steal things and make them worse. So yeah, we'll see how it goes, we have a tradition of taking, especially like British competition shows, and then remaking them. It's a little bit of a bummer that, you know, we're taking something that involves all of these different languages and cultures in trying to do it with states, which is just a really different kind of deal. But we'll see how it goes. And don't be afraid to eviscerate us.

 

Tom Hendryk  

I think it can work. I really think it can work. You hide your x factors and your voice? And, yeah, it's a different thing. And America loves competition as well, probably more than anyone. So I'll be very surprised if something like this doesn't work. I look forward to it.

 

Marisa  

Brett and I are huge. When it comes to Christmas. We're going to take a turn here, and especially Christmas music. Do we read somewhere that you produced a saved version of the Polar Express?

 

Tom Hendryk  

Yes, Yes, I did. Yes, I was I co directed a live immersive Polar Express experience, I suppose you'd call it. So we'd have 100 200 people come in. And we basically take them through the story from opening the book and then getting immersed into the story then they go on to the platform and the Polar Express rocks up. And then all the characters from the show. Are there and then the dancers dancing chefs, and then the the hobo character he plays on his on his guitar, and it's a great thing for for the kids. Yeah, and there's hot chocolate and there's dancing on board, they go over and they get on board and they go over to the quote unquote North Pole. And and they have a great time. And, and yeah, I co directed that with wise owl face company. And it was just yeah, it was it was a wonderful show. It was a wonderful show a lot of hard work a lot of hard work that we that was put into it. But yeah, it was a was a wonderful was a wonderful show.

 

Brett   

I've also seen on Twitter, you sharing some clips of a youtube comedy web series that you created during lockdown called the industry. I was just kind of wondering, what was the inspiration behind that? Have you been thinking about it a long time? Did it just pop up when you're bored during lockdown? You know, in some of these characters, you do quite a quite a few of them. And we'll definitely link to episode one so folks can get a taste. But I just I was wondering about the inspiration behind that project.

 

Tom Hendryk  

Yeah, I mean, just like any actor last year, especially when COVID hit where nothing was happening and the industry was in a coma. I wanted to do something and I didn't really want to just do something for something sake. Then it kind of just came to me and sat down. And it was remember the main May was absolutely glorious last year for any Brits listening. It was absolutely It was probably the best day ever. And I sat outside as I was writing, writing writing and then then then all these characters popped up and and I filmed it and it was I'm sure lots of actors did something similar and in lockdown and that was kind of my offering. And I called it the industry It was no kind of no organic thing that I wanted to do. It didn't take me long to write once you have the idea you just use keep going and yeah, that was kind of what I did during during lockdown.

 

Brett   

It reminded me a little bit I'm not sure if you're familiar with like Christopher Guest films like Best in Show or a mighty wind like it kind of or with this a spinal tap like it just it had some of it has that vibe to me like the documentary. And like just very dry and arena. Yeah, to like to almost a cringy degree, but like really funny.

 

Tom Hendryk  

Yeah, it's just a bit of fun. It was just a bit of fun, really. So if people enjoy me being silly, being these silly characters, you know, then great. You have been a Leicester City Football Club, season ticket holder

 

Christian  

for about 20 years. And it's one of those clubs that has had a really interesting story during that time. And it's also a club that I think a lot of fans of Ted lassa, who might be soccer curious would enjoy following. Can you tell us a little bit about the city of Leicester and just what it's like to live there?

 

Tom Hendryk  

Sure. Well, let's start as roughly a population of around 300,000 people, so that's really not a lot. And we've always been a club that has gone up and down. On the leaks, from Premiership to the championship up and down, and we were we were League Cup champions back in, I think 2000s. And that was as good as it got for us league League Cup champions. You know, that's one step lower than the FA Cup, we will never even considering that we could ever win a premier league title. And one year, we were pretty much relegated pretty much done. We were in the Premier League, it was incredible that we were there. Anyways, we spent a lot of time in the championship and then one year in Ligue one, which is the third tier of English football, and we were down, we were as good as gone bottom of the league, the league, the league finishes in mid May. And beginning of April, we were bottom, absolute bottom. And then we started this run of games. And we kept winning and winning and winning. And I believe the last night after the last nine games, we won seven or eight or something ridiculous like that. And we and it was called The Great Escape. And then the next season we were, of course favourites, to go back down 5000 to one to win the Premier League. It's a joke that, you know, if you want to lose your money, that's what you do, you'd be a bit of a joke, less is gonna win the league. And then we bought some, some players, you know, like, no, like relative, nobody's kind of like a mesh of new and old players. And then we've got cloud urinary Italia manager who has done well in the past never really won anything. And it was controversial because Nigel Pearson, who was our previous manager, and he was our manager for years. And we were very upset when he when when he got fired. But then Claudia came and his nice, very charming, charming man, or there's three things laid down. He was giving the players pizza whenever we have a clean sheet. So whenever we don't concede it was that kind of vibe. Sounds very tired

 

Brett   

last away.

 

Tom Hendryk  

Yes, exactly. Yeah, absolutely. It's very similar to that to Ted and now the charming and how, whenever he speaks to the media, he kind of just charms his charms his way through any situation. And then we kept winning and winning and winning and no one no one said that we were going to win it. I never thought I was we were going to win even we were top of the league at Christmas skirt. It's going to end it's going to end with Leicester City it's not it's not going to happen. And then January came we would still then February came and then we played against Man City and we won three one at Man City. And that's when people started taking notice even more going this this could not happen this could actually happen. And the 5001 hours get tumbling and tumbling and tumbling. And all of a sudden we were in a position where we could win the league. So I went to the Chelsea game when Chelsea played Tottenham and had Tottenham not win that game. Leicester City would win the league then Tottenham scored one goal Tottenham score two goes okay, that's not gonna happen today. We'll have to we'll have to do it back up back our place at the king power stadium. And then Chelsea equalized obviously starts getting nervous in the near the end of the game, even has are the Belgian national scored the most beautiful goal in the top corner. And I lost my shift completely. And then when the ref blew the final whistle it happened. Leicester City little tiny Leicester City won the Premier League. It's a complete Cinderella story. It's It's so it's so much like the AFC Richmond in so in so many ways that this this small club could potentially achieve with big dreams and has a big heart in the center. I guess that kind of goes back to our owner top and his father vishay and when they bought our club and unfortunately vichai not sure if you guys know this but Vichy he passed away in a tragic helicopter accident. a horrible, horrible, tragic story and many, many lives were were lost, including our owner. There was such a sad day for football because he really was one of the good ones. He gave millions to charities around Leicester. He helped out the city immensely. As I said, this is a small city. So it's still a community. It's all about community, our club, it's hot, the sun, he took the reins, and he just carried on where he left off. And of course, a few weeks ago we won the FA Cup and for the first time you know History. And it's the story continues. That's what, that's what it really feels like. For us. It feels like we, we are in our own TV show, we are watching our own Ted lassoing away. And it's still going and, and we don't really want to go out of it. We don't want to leave. And we've now got international football stars playing playing for us, which never happened before. You know, it's an incredible story. It's an incredible story. And if you're not a football fan, or if you're a football fan, if you don't really have a team, have a look at us, you know, where we were, we were a small club that have got big dreams, and we're achieving, we really are season by season. And we've now got another season in the European football. And that's just magical, absolutely magical.

 

Christian  

Looking back at that tragedy in 2018. I remember, it was covered live on United States television with on NBC Sports, who carries the Premier League over here. What was it like, I guess the for the grieving process to be so public for Lester to go from relative international obscurity to everybody knowing about you a lot of people rooting for you, and then to experience this immense tragedy. And then to have everybody looking in on that as you have to process losing this person who like literally made your dreams come true.

 

Tom Hendryk  

We have a chance cold, which we sing every game. I wish I had a dream to build a football team. He came from Thailand. Now he's one of our own. We play from the back with counter attack champions of England, you made a sing that we sing that every single game because he was the most important person in Leicester City history period. More than any player more than more than any more than anything, he made a club what it is. And obviously, a few years before we weren't we when we won the Premier League, we kind of got a lot of a lot of international exposure, people started to understand who we were who Leicester City was not calling let my Chester city or whatever in their house, you can say. And then obviously this tragedy came. And we have even more exposure for all the wrong reasons. But it was so humbling to see the world come to Leicester and basically just be there, the whole football community for us. I was there when when we saw went to the ground. And I saw 1000s and 1000s and 1000s of bouquets of flowers, and shirts all around the stadium that people have left from around the world they come to they came to Leicester to pay respect and acknowledgement for the club and for the man of the shine for his family. And it was I'm getting goosebumps now just thinking about it. It was the most beautiful thing to see, though it was a tragedy. It still was the one most beautiful things I've ever seen, seeing all of those gestures and gifts for our club. And for all of us really, it was hugely humbling.

 

Christian  

sport has the power to be therapeutic and healing. It can be devastating. And the things that surround sport can be devastating, like in that instance. But then there's a flip side to that. And you mentioned that Leicester City just this season won the FA Cup, which is a playoff competition, a very prestigious competition in England. And they did so in one of the first matches where large scale fans were able to attend. They were able to attend at Wembley Stadium, which is the National Stadium right outside on the outskirts of London. And you and a bunch of the cast members got to go. And as I was watching, like the Instagram stories, you all went in a van together and you were having fun the whole day. And it seemed like a very therapeutic opportunity for you guys to like, get out and enjoy something other than just being like in lockdown on set. What is it that makes the cast dynamic, so positive and supportive in title so that you guys can have fun with each other, even after being in less than ideal circumstances for months.

 

Tom Hendryk  

I think the one thing of course, the one thing we all have in common despite we all we are all very different people in many ways. But one thing we have in common is our love for football. And it's very hard to describe but the the team ethic when the club is with coin like as if it returns a real club, Israel club Israel that's real in our hearts. But it's exactly what you see on screen. In many ways. It's we are all really close to each other, you'll you will see I'm sure if you go on Instagram, you'll see a lot of guys, you know spending a lot of time together, away from away from shooting. And we all are different ages. I mean, no, we've got people from the from the teenagers always into their 30s. And, and yet we all kind of on the same level we all feel we all feel as one and it's incredible friendships of the that we all have. There are no real divis within within the within the squad. And yeah, of course we've got their moments, but yes, but there's no real divas and everyone just just gets on these really get on everyone's got different personalities and, and yeah, it's just this just this wonderful friendship that we all have.

 

Christian  

AFC Richmond may not be a real club. But following that FA Cup victory. You and the cast members, the rest of the cast members were out on the street and you got stopped by a reporter for kind of a man on the street interview. And you let the reporter to believe that Christo Fernandez, who plays Danny in the show was an actual professional football player and the reporter went through a line of questioning with you guys and it was quite hilarious. If you guys could have the opportunity to go undercover and do that again in a different environment who is the next player or the next cast member on your list that you would like to masquerade as a real footballer?

 

Tom Hendryk  

You know, well, I would almost potentially mo who's zero he's still the goalkeeper just because he does not really know anything about football. So that's why is there is a player I don't think you've I think you've made me follows it now because the show correct if I'm wrong, so I'm sure you'll probably message me after this. Maybe. But yeah, that'll be funny. Just because he Yeah, he he didn't really know that much about about the game. So it'd be funny to put the limelight on him and say that he's this incredible goalkeeper from the from, you know, American or Canadian league from the MLS.

 

Marisa  

So yeah, that that could be that could be quite good. We always like to share our favorite quote from each episode. So do you have a favorite quote or moment from the series show?

 

Tom Hendryk  

I mean, there's loads I mean, there's loads of criticism, from footballers life because nothing could be more true in many ways. Especially from for us guys who just love the sport so much for football and football is life. It is and it's and it makes you happy. It makes you sad. It gives you the best time of your life mixed with the worst time and then many and this is it and if you're not physically doing anything when you're a spectator, you know and yet it can make you feel these things. And that's the most incredible thing. So when people say oh, it's just a game it's not it's not just it's not just a game. It's not it's so much more than that. And and and obviously historically speaking to the communities within this country, it means so much more than that. It's so ingrained into our community. That's why it means so much to us. That's why we see people with tattoos of their club or the England crest with three lions. It is in their skins in their heart It's in it's in their being. It's so much more than just a game. So footballers life is is definitely one that is an excellent choice.

 

Brett   

We also have one more curveball question before we end and that is that we Marissa and I kind of mind the show for any sideways musical theater reference. Obviously there are a bunch of really direct ones but we you know, we kind of took some liberties with certain lines and said, Oh, shot in Florida. There's a song about that and a musical. If you're a fan of musical theater, is there a song that you just love that you would like to add to that playlist just as Tom's choice?

 

Tom Hendryk  

Yeah, I suppose it is a very simple, very easy one from the Book of Mormon, I Believe. Great.

 

Brett   

Perfect, excellent choice.

 

Tom Hendryk  

Yeah, absolutely. So music is incredible musical and yeah, I've seen it completely resonates with the show as well. And we are a tiny club or you know, it could be anything whether it's religion, or it's football, you know, we're a tiny club

 

Brett   

Yet we believe you can do it. A football fan just believes

 

Tom Hendryk  

Just believe absolutely. 

Brett

All right, Tom,thank you again for joining us today. Congrats on your recent engagement. Congrats on wrapping season two. We're so looking forward to season two and to see and all the hard work that y'all put in.

 

Tom Hendryk  

Thank you very much. Yeah, it's really exciting. I can't wait for it for people who haven't seen the show. Yeah. See, it's such an incredible show. Most heartwarming show that there is and yeah, can't wait. Bring it on.

 

Christian  

Thanks, Tom.

 

Marisa  

Thank you so much.

 

Okay, that's our show. We'll be back on the dog track in just one week with our conversation about Episode 10 titled, the hope that kills you. You can check out the show notes for links to learn more about the cool and interesting stuff we mentioned in this episode.

 

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Brett   

Richmond Til We Die is brought to you by Gin and Kerosine Productions. It was produced by me, Brett Callan, Marisa Callan and Christian Dashiell.

  

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