Ryan plays Patriots fan in Sandler movie

One of the marks of a good actor is to be diverse and make the character believable, no matter how much of a stretch it be from one's normal persona.

If Rex Ryan can pull this role off, then maybe the Jets coach should be nominated for an Oscar.

Ryan has a role in Adam Sandler's upcoming movie, "I Hate You, Dad" in which he plays Sandler's character's attorney and is, of all things, a New England Patriots fan.

“He’s my lawyer,” Sandler told Rich Eisen of NFL Network via the New York Daily News. “My character . . . is kind of a dirtbag guy and he’s in trouble. Rex is an inexpensive lawyer in town. He takes care of me. He’s also a mammoth Patriots fan in the movie."

Sandler is a big New York Jets fan himself and said Ryan was cool about the role reversal in the film.

“We wrote it in the script. He was great enough to be loose and funny about it. He talks about (Tom) Brady. He talks about Coach Belichick. He’s really cool,” Sandler said.

We can almost hear Ryan's Oscar acceptance speech now, taking shots at the other nominees for Best Supporting Actor.

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