An emailer said that the June issue of Texas Monthly has a short item about the movie. The excerpt he sent appears to be an analysis of director Peter Berg's intentions based on a reading of regional newspapers. Here's the excerpt:
Thus far, Berg's comments on how hard-hitting the film might be have varied. On the one hand, "I was never interested in an in-depth, investigative profile of the sociological issues surrounding the community," he said in the San Antonio Express-News. "I wanted to make a movie about high school football." Then Berg told the Houston Chronicle that his movie will be "very true to the book, especially in tone ... It is a very real look at an intense and sophisticated program." Either way, expect his film to be softer than the book, less because Berg is worried about sparing Odessans' feelings than because in Hollywood, you just don't show a coach saying, as one does in the book, that without football, his prize running back is just "a big ol' dumb n---er."
Well, you don't say it anywhere. Even in Texas Monthly.
Thanks for that email.