Can Clay Matthews Sing? 'Pitch Perfect 2' Was Something The Green Bay Packer Took Very Seriously
The cast and crew of Pitch Perfect brought out all the big players for the much awaited sequel — literally! As was reported in 2014, some Green Bay Packers players make a cameo in the film, and this includes 6-foot-3, 255-pound Clay Matthews. So, in anticipation for Pitch Perfect 2, which hits theaters May 15, some fans might be wondering if Clay Matthews can actually sing. And they will be pleasantly surprised with the answer!
As reported by Fox Sports, the team members, Matthews included, did indeed go into a recording studio to sing the song that that would later lip sync in the film. This is not to say it was a piece of cake for them to start singing though, especially since the song chosen for them was "Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child. "When they gave us the song which they wanted us to sing, obviously we were shocked and we got a good laugh out of it," Matthews told Fox Sports. "So we had to rehearse that. And that's funny, obviously, to see 300-pound-plus men singing the song of choice." But not only did he actually sing the song alongside his fellow players, it sounds like they did a pretty good job at it, too! Check out the teaser clip below to see for yourself.
And apparently their number in the new film isn't the only performance they know. Pitch Perfect 2's Anna Kendrick told Seth Meyers, "They showed up and they could do the whole finale number [from the first Pitch Perfect] back to front, like, knew it inside out. Like, the 10 girls were like, 'I don't understand what's happening.'"
If the performance was shocking to the show's stars, it was equally surprising to producer Max Handelman, who said he had originally learned through Twitter that the first movie-musical even had fans in the professional football league. The social media site ended up being the gateway through which the players, Matthews included, were able to secure their roles in the film. Handelman confirmed to People that the players really do sing and dance in the film.
"They learned their choreography literally the night before we shot. What was amazing about them, they kept saying to us, 'Don't worry. We're taking this super seriously. We're professional athletes. This is what we do. We want to look really good,'" Handelman said. "I don't think anyone expected them to be as good as they were until we saw them on the day."
If you want to see how good for yourself, be sure to check out Pitch Perfect 2!