Left to right, Billy Beane, Brad Pitt, and Jonah Hill, share a light…
For a day at least, the Oakland Coliseum felt just like Hollywood. Brad Pitt plopped down in a chair in Section 244, high above center field, and joked that acting was the only way he’d ever make it to the big leagues.
“My relationship with baseball was cantankerous at best,” he joked. “I had a crap arm. I couldn’t hit. My career ended with 18 stitches under my eye after a pop fly at high noon.
“It was not my gift.”
With that, Pitt flashed a wry smile at A’s General Manger Billy Beane, whom he portrays in the “Moneyball” movie that hits theaters Friday. Based on the best-selling book by Michael Lewis, “Moneyball” tells the story of how Beane bucked baseball’s conventions on his way to turning the small-payroll A’s into a powerhouse in the early 2000s.
“I feel a bit romantic about the A’s,” Pitt said, who said he has become a fan.
Buccigross John Buccigross
Sportcenter, noon-3pm on ESPN 2 today. Brad Pitt scheduled to appear to talk Moneyball. @AdamSchefter on too.
@CMCKENDRY_ESPN CHRIS MCKENDRY
Back on SC at Noon ET. I will be interviewing Brad Pitt. Not everyday a gal says that. Questions for Pitt or Billy Beane / Moneyball?
Brad on the Ellen show – Taping
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 – 4:00pm Pacific time
Live WebCam: http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/ellencam/
Thanks Lynn & Chris. The show will be broadcasted September 22. EDIT. Date of taping has changed, please notice.
The Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland and Stand Up To Cancer through Oakland A’s Community Fund is partnering with Columbia Pictures’ Moneyball for a benefit screening this Monday (09/19).
Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, is directed by Bennett Miller and centers on the true story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane and his succes in putting together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
Film premiere, 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19
Paramount Theatre of the Arts, 2025 Broadway, Oakland.
Read more/discuss. Thanks Anu.
You’d think it’s been a while since Brad Pitt felt anything like an underdog, since those days in the late ’80s when he was pumped just to get a few lines in a TV show like “21 Jump Street” or had to console himself with work as an extra next to then-hot shots like Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz. These days, he’s Brad Pitt: Oscar nominee, beloved of Angelina Jolie and … freaking Brad Pitt.
But as the actor admitted to MTV News at the Toronto International Film Festival, there are still times when he feels like the world is against him, when he finds himself in a similar situation to the 2002 Oakland Athletics, the small-market Major League Baseball club at the center of his new movie, “Moneyball.”
“I certainly feel injustice,” he said. “I’m no foreigner to that, whether it’s real or perceived.”