“Sir, step back, please.”
That’s LSU coach Les Miles’ line in his cameo appearance in an independent film.
Miles plays a policeman in “Camera Obscura.” The movie, produced in Baton Rouge, stars Christopher Denham, best known for his role in Argo. Miles is on camera for just a few seconds. An anonymous source earlier this month sent The Advocate a photo of the coach in his police garb.
During an interview with Miles at Southeastern Conference media days on Thursday, SEC Network plastered the photo on the screen, and the coach addressed it.
“Basically what happens in my scene is, a homeless person is shot and falls off a three-story parking structure, to his death, and I then am responsible to keep the crime scene clear,” he said. “So, the star walks up, and my line is, ‘Sir, step back, please.’ OK, that’s the whoooole thing.”
Miles declined to reveal any further information about the film, but the coach was on the set for more than three hours shooting the scene, he said. He arrived at about 9 p.m. and left at 12:30 a.m. He did not say when the scene was shot.
“I really enjoyed the experience,” Miles said.
The movie is being produced by New York-based ModernCine. The film’s official announcement was supposed to come in May, but it’s been delayed, said Andrew van den Houten, ModernCine’s Founder and CEO.
This is Miles’ second film appearance, and the movie buff hopes to land more.
Miles had a cameo as an Oklahoma State recruiter in the Louisiana-made film “When the Game Stands Tall,” a 2014 sports drama about the De Le Salle High football team.
LSU landed 10 players on the media's three preseason All-SEC teams, including four first teamers.
Maea at LT
Freshman Maea Teuhema is set to start at left tackle, Miles said, and he “doesn’t think” Pocic will move from center to the outside.
“Really kind of enjoyed Maea (at left tackle),” the coach said. “I think he will continue to improve there. I think there’s some work to do to make us better. He’s slated to be the starter.”
Teuhema, a sophomore who started at left guard last season, battled K.J. Malone at left tackle during spring practice, gaining the edge at the position. Some thought Pocic, a senior who passed on the NFL draft, would replace Jerald Hawkins at left tackle, but Miles indicated that won’t happen.
“I don’t think so,” he said when asked. “He’s such a very quality center for us.”
Later at media days, Miles left the door open for Malone to possibly play left tackle or, even, redshirt sophomore Will Clapp, the Tigers starting guard last season. Miles said Josh Boutte is “in position to play a lot of football.” He’s presumably the Tigers’ right guard. The coach says he expects sophomore Toby Weathersby to start at right tackle.
Lawrence in mix at nose
LSU has plenty of options at nose tackle, Miles said Thursday, and one of those includes freshman Rashard Lawrence.
“I generally try not to use freshmen (on the defensive line),” Miles said, “but he’d be a guy.”
Miles indicated that Lawrence, a five start product from Monroe, could be used in one of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s sub-packages.
“You’d move (Davon) Godchaux out to a tackle or end spot. Now you’re becoming a little thicker and more meaty,” Miles said.
Midway through spring practice, LSU replaced Christian LaCouture with Davon Godchaux at nose tackle in the 3-4 base defense. LaCouture and Frank Herron are also both options at nose tackle, Miles said.
The coach cannot talk about Travonte Valentine, the ex-LSU tackle who’s Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College this summer attempting to qualify to rejoin the Tigers. Valentine is considered a recruit. Coaches are not allowed to speak about recruits, according to NCAA rules.
HOOVER, ALABAMA – A family decked in purple and gold lingered in the third-floor atrium.
Clapp should be healthy when LSU begins preseason camp on Aug. 4, Miles said Thursday.
“Really good. We expect no issues,” the coach said when asked about Clapp.
Clapp, a redshirt sophomore and one of the Tigers’ premier run blockers, underwent surgery on his hip in April. The procedure was similar to the one center Ethan Pocic underwent in January. Clapp’s father, Tommy, told The Advocate in April that his son would likely miss summer workouts but would be cleared in time for preseason camp.