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Paul Rudd's reaction to Tom Brady cameo questions: 'Oh my God, I feel bad for Tom Brady'

Paul Rudd's reaction to Tom Brady cameo questions: 'Oh my God, I feel bad for Tom Brady'

Tom Brady recently appeared in an episode of the Netflix TV series, "Living With Yourself." The cameo was meant to be fun but, unfortunately, was misconstrued as a potential shot at Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Brady encounters Paul Rudd's character, Miles Elliott, outside of a strip mall containing a spa called Top Happy Spa. In the context of the show, the spa is used as a place where people are cloned into their better selves. But many read it as a dig at Kraft.

Kraft, of course, was charged with soliciting a prostitute during the offseason at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla. But referencing that was never the intention of Brady or the show creators.

In a recent appearance on "The Howard Stern Show", Rudd explained why the creator of "Living With Yourself" reached out to Brady and that the whole cameo had to do with making fun of Brady's seeming perfection.

"Even back when he had four rings or maybe even three, the idea that we would have a clone, and it’s the best version of ourselves, that they just do everything right, that they’re great — Tom Brady is the epitome of that," Rudd said, as transcribed by Kevin Slane of Boston.com. "We sent him these scripts like a year and a half ago or something. And I was so touched. He got the joke of making fun of himself and his perfection, and he was like, ‘Yeah.’"

Still, many misread the cameo, and Rudd felt bad for Brady that many didn't understand its context.

"I had a feeling that I have never ever had in my life, which was: Oh my God, I feel bad for Tom Brady," Rudd said. "This guy was throwing us a bone, he was doing us a favor, and he was kind of making fun of himself and his perfection. And then all of the sudden the Boston media…"

Brady panned the media for the questions he received about the cameo, but that has mostly since blown over. Instead, he is now focused on trying to dispell talk of his impending free agency amid rumors that he may not return to the Patriots in 2020. He recently called any speculation about his future "just hype."

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Tom Brady blasts media for taking Netflix cameo out of context as shot at Robert Kraft

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Tom Brady blasts media for taking Netflix cameo out of context as shot at Robert Kraft

An angry Tom Brady stood at his locker Saturday and answered questions about his appearance in a Netflix comedy series that many took to be a veiled shot at Patriots owner Robert Kraft's arrest at a Florida massage parlor.

The Patriots quarterback said the scene in the series "Living With Yourself" with Paul Rudd is being misunderstood and misconstrued by the "blame and shame media culture."

When asked by a reporter about the connection to the Robert Kraft case and, what was he thinking by filming the scene, Brady answered:

"That's not what it was about. I think that was taken out of context, just like you're taking it out of context. You're trying to make it a story for yourself, which has a negative connotation to it, which I don't appreciate.

"It was meant to be something different than that. The fact that it's a distraction or that your bringing it up is not something I want to be talking about."

Here's part of the exchange: 

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Tom Brady cameo in Netflix comedy series has him leaving strip mall spa

Tom Brady cameo in Netflix comedy series has him leaving strip mall spa

Tom Brady's interesting cameo in the recently released Netflix comedy series "Living With Yourself" features the Patriots quarterback emerging from a spa at a strip mall. 

He spots the character played by Paul Rudd in the parking lot and asks him, "First time?"

“Uh-huh, you?” the Rudd character asks.

“Sixth,” Brady says, which happens to be the number of Super Bowls he's won.

Here's the scene, via the Twitter feed of 98.5 The SportsHub's Jim Murray:

Show creator Timothy Greenberg told refinery29 that it was more than four years ago when he scripted the scene, which is part of a plot where the Rudd character visits the "Top Happy Spa" to clone the best possible version of himself, and, after Patriots owner Robert Kraft's arrest at a Florida strip mall spa in late February, he assumed Brady wouldn't want to do the scene.

From the refinery29 story:

During this waiting period [to shoot the scene], news also broke that had [Greenberg] convinced they were going to lose Brady. In [2019], Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with soliciting a sex worker at a day spa in a strip mall “that looked almost exactly like what we were shooting. Like, I would have used it as a reference photo,” Greenberg admits. “So we’re like, ‘Alright, this is clearly not going to happen now.’”

In the end, it did. After the Patriots won [Super Bowl LII], Greenberg, Rudd, and the crew headed up to Boston to shoot the cameo in a parking lot.

 

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Brady didn’t realize that the scene would be a direct or indirect reference to Kraft's case.

Brady will undoubtedly be asked about the cameo at his media availability in Foxboro this afternoon.

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