Hollywood Movie Starring Athlete Is a Critical Success

Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf laugh in front of a raft while filming The Peanut Butter Falcon.
Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf star in the film The Peanut Butter Falcon.

“The Peanut Butter Falcon” opens to wide release across the U.S. this weekend. The executive producer team includes Special Olympics Chairman Dr. Timothy Shriver. With a limited release on August 9, the film has already earned rave reviews including for star Zack Gottsagen, a Special Olympics athlete from Florida. Zack plays Zak, a young man with Down syndrome who runs away to chase his dream of becoming a WWE wrestler.

“The Peanut Butter Falcon” also stars Hollywood heavy hitters Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson. For his work in the film, Zack recently received the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award presented by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Hear from Zack and learn about his Hollywood journey in this video.

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