Daily Distraction: Get ready for new 'Ted Lasso' with this GQ profile of Jason Sudeikis

Zach Baron gets to the heart of Sudeikis and his beloved soccer coach character before season two of 'Ted Lasso' kicks off on July 23

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Best actor, comedy: Jason Sudeikis, "Ted Lasso," Apple TV+

In my ongoing quest to get you to watch "Ted Lasso," let me now point you to a superbly written profile of Jason Sudeikis, the former SNL cast member who plays the AppleTV+ show's titular character. 

The GQ story is written by Zach Baron, who gets to the heart of both Sudeikis and "Lasso," which, as it turns out, aren't too distant from each other. He also sums up the theme of the show quite well when discussing a memorable first-season Lasso scene and quote:

"Be curious, not judgmental. I will confess I get a little emotional every time I watch the scene in which he says this, which uses a game of darts in a pub as an excuse to both stage a philosophical discussion about how to treat other people and to re-create the climactic moment of every sports movie you've ever seen. It's a somewhat strange experience, being moved to tears by a guy with a bushy cartoon mustache and an arsenal of capital-J jokes ('You beating yourself up is like Woody Allen playing the clarinet: I don't want to hear it'), talking about humanity and how we all might get better at it. But that's kind of what the experience of watching the show is. It's about something that almost nothing is about, which is: decency."

The piece also doesn't shy away from Sudeikis' personal struggles from the past year, including his split with Olivia Wilde, which the actor seems to be processing in the most endearing, admirable way possible: “I think if you have the opportunity to hit a rock bottom, however you define that, you can become 412 bones or you can land like an Avenger. I personally have chosen to land like an Avenger.”

Give it a read here, and mark your calendar for the season two debut of "Ted Lasso" on July 23.