HOMBRE Exclusive: Actor Rob Riggle Joins DOS EQUIS In Quest For College Football’s ‘Most Interesting Fan’
College Football season is here and as the Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoff, Dos Equis kicked off the season with the ultimate tailgate experience with comedian and actor, Rob Riggle. We had a chance to talk with the popular actor about an exciting new promotion.
As part of this year’s campaign, Dos Equis and Rob Riggle are on the search to find the “Most Interesting Fan of College Football.” On January 7th, two finalists will attend the Most Interesting Fan Statue Unveiling at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA. One finalist will win the grand prize of a personalized statue and be announced as the Most Interesting Fan of College Football.
Both finalists will receive two VIP tickets to the College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta, GA on January 8th, 2018.
Comedian, actor, and United States Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Robert Allen Riggle, Jr. has amassed many notable television credits and has also earned roles in several feature films, including ‘The Lorax’ and ’21 Jump Street.’
After graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Theater and Film, Riggle joined the Marines and earned a Master’s degree from Webster University in Public Administration. Riggle eventually left the military to pursue a career in comedy. A featured cast member on ‘Saturday Night Live’ during the 2004/2005 season, Riggle then joined Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ in 2006 as a correspondent. Riggle’s numerous television appearances, including credits on ‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Chappelle’s Show,’ ’30 Rock,’ and ‘The Office’ would lead to big-screen roles in ‘Step Brothers’ , ‘The Hangover’ and ‘The Other Guys.’
HOMBRE: What can you tell us about this campaign?
Rob Riggle: It’s a really fun campaign. College football fandom is huge in this country and people have very strong allegiances. They’re having the ‘Most Interesting Fan Search’ throughout the country and if you win you get to have a statue of you, put in the Football Hall of Fame which is unbelievable. It gives you lots of bragging rights obviously, you get to take your friends and gloat that you are part of the Football Hall of Fame.
H: How do you come to be a part of the campaign?
RR: They know I’m a football fan and a sports fan so they were nice enough to ask me to help get the word out. And I said yes, I love Dos Equis, it’s a wonderful beer.
H: What do people have to do to win?
RR: All you have to do is take a picture, make a video, post it on Instagram or Twitter, or go to DosEquis.com and post it there, then put the hashtag #mostinteringfansearch and you’re entered. That’s all, they will go though and evaluate entries and you may win. Show yourself, what’s your pregame ritual, how do you tailgate, what do you do to get your team a victory, what are your superstitions, all that kind of stuff. If you can make it into a video and load it you’re entered.
H: When will the winner be chosen?
RR: The winner will be announced in a ceremony on January 7th prior to the game on January 8th.
H: What can you tell us about the TV spots?
RR: Getting a chance to work with the ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’ is pretty cool. It was fun, they let us improvise a little bit. We kept trying different things and went with what worked. Hopefully people enjoy them.
H: What are some of the other projects you have coming?
RR: I’m doing a movie down in Atlanta, it’s a Kevin Hart comedy so I’m excited about that. I have a couple of movies in the can that are about to come out. One is ‘Bad Grandpa’ with Robert De Niro and Uma Thurman. It’s a family comedy which is nice, my kids will be able to see it.
I have a war movie called ‘War Soldiers’ its a Jerry Bruckheimer picture, a drama called ‘Midnight Sun,’ a comedy called ‘Status Update,’ and an animated movie called ‘The Henchman.’ Lots of projects in the works.
H: You were a Marine, how did you get into this field?
RR: I was a fan of comedy, I was a theater and film major in college but I was also a pilot when I was in college. So I got a guaranteed pilot’s contract with the Marine Corps. That how I started flying for them, but I always knew I wanted to pursue comedy and acting. I was able to stay in the Reserves and pursue comedy and acting which is what I’ve been doing for the last twenty years. 20 years pursuing, 14 years working.
H: What would you say is the secret to the success you’ve had?
RR: I would say commit to it. People say ‘I think I want to try acting.’ You don’t try it. You have to commit, immerse yourself into it. It’s hard, it’s competitive, people aren’t friendly and people say no to you all the time. You have to have a thick skin and know what you want. If it’s something you’re passionate about, pursue it with everything you have.
Rob Riggle photographed exclusively for HOMBRE by Paul Tirado
Shot on location at The Intrepid Museum, NYC