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SAG smiles on Tony Luke

The cheesesteak guy-cum-actor gets a shout-out.

SAG smiles on Tony Luke

Tony Luke, shooting "Invincible" in 2005 and working out last month. (Photo at right by Alejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer)
Tony Luke, shooting "Invincible" in 2005 and working out last month. (Photo at right by Alejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer)

A whoa moment for cheesesteak-seller-cum-thespian Tony Luke,

During Sunday's telecast of the SAG Awards, Luke got a shout-out in a video segment about local-hire actors in feature films. (The point being, you don't have to be in New York or Hollywood to do good work.)

Luke's film credits include 10th and Wolf, Hack, and The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone, but they all pale in comparison to his quick turn as a loony, green-caped aspiring Eagles player in the 2005 movie Invincible.

Even Sports Illustrated took time out to praise Luke in its review: "Invincible is the most fun during its open-tryout sequence. The scene is stolen by a fat guy in a green cape - he is both completely ridiculous and, at the same time, a strangely plausible representation of a mid-1970s Eagles fan. He flies around the practice field like a superhero who doesn't know he doesn't have any superpowers. He's a complete goof. He never has any shot at making the team, but he has more fun in that one scene than [Mark] Wahlberg appears to in his entire climb up the ladder."

"It's kind of cool," said Luke, whose Twitter timeline blew up around 8:25 p.m. Sunday with well-wishes. He says he had no idea it was coming.

Luke has lost a ton of weight over the last year. (Read about it here.)

See a clip here.

Michael Klein Philly.com
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