For his follow-up to the acclaimed Religion of Sportsseries, documentary filmmaker Gotham Chopra turns his attention to superstar quarterback Tom Brady in Tom vs. Time, a six-part series exclusively on Facebook Watch. In collaborating with Brady, Chopra gained intimate access to the five-time Super Bowl champion, capturing content with him across the United States and beyond, to China and Costa Rica. In this Q&A, Chopra tells us about the making of the series, from the earliest discussions about the project with the famously guarded quarterback, to him eventually signing on, and a look behind the curtain of Brady’s complex world.
Q: You grew up in Boston as a massive Patriots fan. How hard was it to put your fandom aside in working with Tom Brady?
Chopra:It was impossible. I met him for the first time in 2012 at his home in the Los Angeles hills and I had to keep it together. For any Boston sports fans who grew up with the embarrassment of the Patriots in the 1980s and ’90s, he’s basically synonymous with them becoming winners. But we became closer as he helped me make Religion of Sports, of which he is an executive producer.
How did you finally convince him to become the subject of a whole series?
Several years ago, I worked with Kobe Bryant on a documentary project called Kobe Bryant’s Muse. While working on that, I shared anecdotes with Tom and pestered him: “We should be doing this with you.” This lasted years! […]