Brad Pitt’s Moneyball is the story of a baseball GM who defeys the odds and builds a contending team with a limited payroll. Watch this trailer spoof to see what the film would like if it was made about the New York Yankees opposed to the Oakland As.
Despite knowing nothing about baseball, Brad Pitt is on the cover of Sports Illustrated for his new film Moneyball. The movie is about the Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane, who was able to build a competitive baseball team with a low payroll through sabermetrics analysis. According to critics Pitt’s performance may win him his first Oscar, let’s just hope Pitt hasn’t heard of the Sports Illustrated jinx...
On getting the SI cover: “I was just happy to do Sports Illustrated. To do something other than the fashion-y things, for something I respect, is much more fun.”
On his background in baseball: “It’s shameful how little I know about baseball…. I’m amazed they let me do this movie…. Baseball and I didn’t get along that well. I wrestled one year [in high school]. I dove one year. Everything but baseball.”
On what initially drew Brad to the Moneyball story: “I’m a sucker for the underdog story.”
On the end goal of the film: “What we were trying to do is tell an unconventional story in the Trojan horse of a conventional baseball movie.”
*Other athletes who have been on the cover of SI: Bob Hope, Stephen Colbert, Steve McQueen and Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, and Presidents Bill Clinton, John Kennedy, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.
Brad Pitt is taking time off from saving the world to narrate the MLB All-Star opening segment. The 82nd All-Star game will commemorate the players in the game, and according to the MLB, ”Pitt will celebrate Major League Baseball All-Stars past and present, showing fans what it means to be the best.”
Pitt is starring in an upcoming biopic film about baseball player and manager Billy Beane called Moneyball. The movie, which is out in September details how the Oakland A’s’ front office took advantage of more empirical gauges of player performance to field a team that could compete successfully against richer competitors in the MLB. Despite his newest movie role, Pitt admits he knows nothing about baseball, “I knew very little about baseball apart from taking one in the face in junior high,” (which resulted in 18 stiches).
While Pitt will not be at the game, Jordin Sparks and Michelle Branch will sing the National Anthem and “God Bless America” before the game!