Paul Rudd’s new Netflix clone comedy “Living With Yourself” debuted on Friday, and a cameo appearance from NFL quarterback extraordinaire Tom Brady has caused eyebrows to raise.
In the scene, Rudd’s character, Miles, is seen arriving at Top Happy Spa, a massage parlour in a dingy strip mall, in order to receive a mysterious treatment. Miles is skeptical until he sees the New England Patriots QB strolling out of the massage parlour looking relaxed and refreshed.
“First time?” Brady asks Miles, who nods and asks, “You?” Brady smiles and replies, “Sixth,” referencing the number of Brady’s Super Bowl wins.
After the show’s premiere, speculation arose that Brady’s cameo was a thinly veiled attack at Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution earlier this year when he was arrested for allegedly hiring a prostitute at a strip-mall massage parlour in Florida.
Asked about that speculation during an interview on Saturday, a clearly agitated Brady insisted the script had been written years before the incident and was in no way meant as a knock at Kraft.
“That’s not what that was about,” Brady told reporters. “I think that was taken out of context, just like you’re taking it out of context and trying to make it a story for yourself, which has a negative connotation to it, which I don’t appreciate. It was meant to be something different than that.”
According to Brady, his scene was “shot on a green screen,” not at an actual strip mall, and that it was “agreed to a year ago” and “written four years ago,” well before Kraft’s arrest.
“It’s unfortunate that people would choose to think I would ever do something like that about Mr. Kraft,” he continued. “I think that’s a very bad assessment of my relationship with him. I would never do that… I sympathize with a lot of things that he’s gone through in his life. I empathize with a lot of people that get taken advantage of and get used and understand that’s part of what we’re living in.”