Elizabeth Banks is kind of a genius. She must know that the
key to Pitch Perfect's slow-burn success was the fact that it reached across to
fans of all genres — competition/sports movies, gross-out movies, romantic
comedies, and yes, college a cappella. For Pitch Perfect 2, she appears to be
broadening that base even more, from the looks of the cameo by five Green Bay
Packers stars. Just before the Super Bowl, she introduced a clip on NBC sharing
behind the scenes footage of the players' time on the set.
"We about to make magic over here," linebacker
Clay Matthews announces to the camera in the clip, which Banks tweeted out Sunday afternoon. He's joined by teammates David
Bakhtiari, Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, and Don Barclay in the scene, which appears
to take place in some kind of underground a cappella competition MC'd by David
Cross. Their song of choice? "Bootylicious," of course.
"I feel pretty," T.J. Lang says while they're in
hair and makeup."They were super into it, throwing a lot of
winks," Anna Kendrick says in an interview. Into it seems like an understatement. Back in November, when
their appearance was first revealed in the trailer, the Packers explained that
it was Bakhtiari's superfandom that landed them the unusual gig.
A lot of social media contact, including with
producer/director Banks, made it all happen. “A lot of determination by
Dave to set the whole thing up – determination-slash-desperation, because he
was at it quite a bit trying to get a hold of the producers to get us in the
told Seth Meyers earlier this month that they weren't just casual admirers of
the first PP.
"They showed up and they could do the whole
finale number back to front. Like knew it inside out," she said.