Home­town boy goes Hol­ly­wood

The Covington News - - Front page - RACHEL GOFF rgoff@cov­news.com

A pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor, football player, stunt man and ac­tor, Ox­ford res­i­dent Jaye Ty­roff is any­thing but typ­i­cal Ty­roff, an ’04 Her­itage High School grad­u­ate, has ap­peared in movies such as “The Blind Side,” “We are Mar­shall” and the lat­est bat­man movie “The Dark Knight Rises” and will be in the sec­ond in­stall­ment of “The Hunger Games.”

De­spite work­ing with big-named ac­tors on big movie sets, Ty­roff he’s never been starstruck and sees act­ing as do­ing what he loves.

“They are just peo­ple,” he said. “I love the ex­pe­ri­ence and see­ing what all goes be­hind movies… I have a lot of re­spect for ac- tors, be­cause it’s long hours and not some­thing ev­ery­one can do.”

Act­ing had not been a life­long dream for Ty­roff, but it was more of some­thing that fell into his lap af­ter his high school football coach en­cour­aged him to go to an open cast­ing call for “We are Mar­shall.”

“They needed football play­ers, so I said, ‘Yeah, why not,’” he said. “They ended up hand­pick­ing me and 32 guys out of about 5,000.”

Shortly af­ter his first act­ing ap­pear­ance in “We Are Mar­shall,” Ty­roff be­came in­volved in “The Blind Side,” where he also played a football player and per­form a key stunt in the movie.

“I re­ally got in­volved in

stunts in that movie; I guess you could say I’m a lit­tle bit of a thrill seeker,” he said.

In the movie and in Michael Oher’s key high school football game, Ty­roff per­formed the stunt of player #66 who was thrown over a fence by Oher af­ter taunt­ing Oher throughout the game.

The stunt was orig­i­nally casted for some­one else, but af­ter the pre­vi­ous stunt­man suf­fered from sev­eral con­cus­sions, Ty­roff took his place.

“We did that scene many times, but it gave me a rush,” he said.

Since then, Ty­roff has ap­peared in sev­eral movies and TV shows in­clud­ing “The Watch” and “Nec­es­sary Rough­ness,” and when he is not hop­ping on the next plane to Hol­ly­wood, he’s play­ing arena football in Rome, or is a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor for a firm out of Texas.

“That’s my ca­reer (pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor) and I do that full time, as for the rest, I do that as resid­ual in­come,” he said.

As for tak­ing time off to shoot movies, Ty­roff said his em­ployer is more than will­ing to give him the time.

“They love it; I give them a heads up a month in ad­vance, and they say al­right,” he said.

This year, Ty­roff will play arena football in Dal­ton, along with be in ma­jor mo­tion pic­tures “The Hunger Games” star­ring Jen­nifer Lawrence and Josh Hutch­er­son and “Mo­tor City” star­ring Ger­ard But­ler and Mickey Rourke.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Ty­roff visit imdb.com.

Cour­tesy of Jaye Ty­roff

Jaye Ty­roff on the set of the film “The Blind Side.” Ty­roff has ap­peared in sev­eral block­buster films in­clud­ing this year’s “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Rachel Goff /The Cov­ing­ton News

Jaye Ty­roff sits with his mother at their New­ton County home.

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