Simmons won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the drama Whiplash. He's also had roles in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, Juno, HBO's Oz, and even played the Tigers' manager in For the Love of the Game.
His role in Whiplash has made Simmons a sought after personality. He hosted Saturday Night Live in January, and the Detroit native may be returning to his hometown to film parts of Kong: Skull Island.
"Honestly, when I first met with the director [Jordan Vogt-Roberts], he was talking about the whole concept and he said, 'We're going to shoot a few weeks in Detroit,'" Simmons told the Detroit Free Press. "And I said, 'Would that happen to be during baseball-season weather?' He said, 'Yes, it will be in the summer.' So I'm hoping to be able to spend some time there this summer."
Kong: Skull Island is scheduled to open March 10, 2017.