Controversy Surrounding Tom Brady's Cameo in Netflix Show That Features Strip Mall Spa - NBC10 Boston

Controversy Surrounding Tom Brady's Cameo in Netflix Show That Features Strip Mall Spa

'That's not what that was about, I think that was taken out of context,' Tom Brady said

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    Tom Brady Defends Netflix Show Cameo

    An angry Tom Brady stood at his locker Saturday and answered questions about his appearance in a Netflix comedy series that many took to be a veiled shot at Patriots owner's Robert Kraft's arrest at a Florida massage parlor.

    (Published Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019)

    Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a cameo in the new Netflix show "Living With Yourself," and while it isn't his first appearance in a film or TV show, it might be his strangest.

    The show is a comedy featuring Paul Rudd about a man who's burned out on life that undergoes a procedure to clone his best possible self. The catch is that the procedure takes place inside of a place named Top Happy Spa, located in a strip mall. It slightly resembles Orchids of Asia Day Spa, the Florida spa where Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with soliciting a prostitute in February.

    As Rudd's character pulls his car into the parking lot of the spa, Brady walks out of the spa sporting a satisfied smile. 

    "First time?" Brady asks Rudd's character.

    "Uh-huh. You?" Rudd responds.

    "Sixth," Brady answers.

    The joke is, of course, that Brady has undergone the miracle procedure that allows a person to become the best version of himself six different times, one for each Super Bowl title he has. The low-hanging fruit is that Brady emerged from a spa similar to the type his team's owner was arrested at.

    Brady spoke out against that reaction Saturday afternoon to the media. He said that the scene was filmed a year ago in front of a green screen.

    "That's not what that was about, I think that was taken out of context," he said. "It was meant to be something different than that. So the fact that it's a distraction or you're bringing it up is not something I want to be talking about."

    "It's unfortunate that people would choose to think that I would do something like that to Mr. Kraft."

    Rudd, who also co-produced the show, is a noted Kansas City Chiefs fan.

    In an interview with The Wrap, director Tim Greenberg said that the script was written in 2016, long before the charges against Kraft existed. Greenberg, a lifelong New York Jets fan, meant it as a "subtle dig" at Brady following his Deflategate suspension.

    Previously, Brady has appeared in two movies featuring Boston-native actors: the Mark Wahlberg film "Ted 2" and Matt Damon's "Stuck on You."

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