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Jason Sudeikis loves playing Ted Lasso, soccer's most relentlessly optimistic coach

Commercial-loving sports fans may remember several years back when Jason Sudeikis made a series of spots for NBC promoting the network’s English Premiere League programming. In those ads, Sudeikis played Ted Lasso, a twangy American football coach who’d somehow been made head coach of the Tottenham Hotspurs, and was dealing with some of the culture shock.

Now, Sudeikis has spun that character into a whole show, Ted Lasso, which premieres August 14 on Apple TV+. Alongside Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, Sudeikis has expanded the Lasso-verse in a way that’s both uplifting and charming, weaving in just enough “can they do it?” sports drama along the way.

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The A.V. Club talked to Sudeikis about playing Lasso, who he says is the best version of himself after a few beers. That and more in the interview above.

Marah Eakin is the Executive Producer of all A.V. Club Video And Podcasts. She is also a Cleveland native and heiress to the country's largest collection of antique and unique bedpans and urinals.

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