A John Daly movie (!) may be on the way. Here’s what you can expect

John Daly

John Daly in July during the Open Championship.

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John Daly’s life is being turned into a movie, according to a report. And he’ll be played by an actor who, in previous films, tried to buy beer as an underage teen, helped transform the Oakland A’s baseball team and lived the high life as a stockbroker at one of the most notorious firms ever.  

According to a report from movie site Above the Line, Jonah Hill will produce and star in the biopic of Daly, the two-time major champion and, shall we say, one of golf’s most colorful characters. The report did not say when the movie would be released. 

Hill, according to movie site IMDB, has been a part of 66 films, including Superbad, where he played the underage teen; Moneyball, where he played a front-office worker for the A’s; and the Wolf of Wall Street, where he played the close associate of stockbroker Jordan Belfort in another biopic. Hill has also produced 15 films. 

According to Above the Line, Daly has a relationship with Nashville-based Hideout Pictures, who will work on the film, along with Hill’s Strong Baby Productions group. Directing the movie will be Anthony Maras, who has previously directed four films, according to IMDB, including 2018’s Hotel Mumbai

So what can we expect from the movie?

While there is no script, according to Above the Line, “the biopic will examine the excesses, scandals and athletic achievements of the PGA Tour golfer, who is considered by many to be the ‘Bad Boy of Golf.’” And the 56-year-old Daly, if anything, is an open book. Consider this exchange in early August. 

Reporter: “So I hear that you really appeal to a younger generation of golfers and sports fans in general coming up. Why do you think that is?”

Daly: “No idea. I got no idea. I don’t know. I think Chad does a great job with our T-shirt companies with the sayings on it; young kids like it. I don’t know, maybe because of the beard they think I’m really Santa Claus, but Justin Thomas told me I’m Bad Santa, so that’s out the window. I have no idea.”

Reporter: “How do you explain sort of the connection, whether it’s young or old, that you’ve had with fans all these years?”

John Daly
John Daly was asked why he’s popular. His answer was very John Daly.
By: Nick Piastowski

Daly: “I think because there’s really no skeletons in my closet. If I screwed up, I’ll honestly say I screwed up, and I think fans like that. I think I’m not — I’m not looking over my shoulder; are they going to know about this or that. Everybody knows everything about me on this tour — my life, my ex-wives, everything — and it’s out there so there’s not really anything to hide. I think, hopefully, it’s the honesty.”

Reporter: “And are you happy you’ve approached it that way?”

Daly: “Yeah. My mom would have come out of her grave if I didn’t.”

Of course, one of the biggest questions is whether Hill can swing it. And it’s not as if Daly’s move, where the right-hander takes his club to his left hip on the way back, can be easily duplicated. Still, there’s a video. In a quick scan across the internet, GOLF.com found an eight-second clip.

Daly would be proud. 

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Nick Piastowski

Nick Piastowski

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native is probably playing the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, and drinking a cold beer to wash away his score. You can reach out to him about any of these topics — his stories, his game or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.

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