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Brad Pitt: ‘It’s shameful how little I know about baseball’

Sep 20, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

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Moneyball comes out on Friday, and all indications are that it doesn’t suck. So by all means go and see it. But I hope it doesn’t dampen your enthusiasm to learn that in real life, Brad Pitt — who plays A’s GM Billy Beane — knows absolutely nothing about baseball. Pitt, to ESPN:

“It’s shameful how little I know about baseball. If they only new, they wouldn’t let me in the Coliseum. I wouldn’t pass the radar test.

“Listen, my career ended with a pop fly in the face and ended 18 stitches later. It wasn’t my gift.”

Video here.

And in a Sports Illustrated interview, in which he graces the cover wearing an Oakland A’s cap:

“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 dived one year. Everything but baseball.”

Pitt seems to take delight in admitting he has no clue about the game. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. Another actor, Ted Danson, made a pretty good career playing ex-Red Sox reliever Sam Malone on Cheers, even though he, too, knew virtually nothing about baseball.

Which leads to the next question: Has anyone before Pitt ever been on the cover of Sports Illustrated when they actually knew nothing about the sport they were representing? And Bud Selig doesn’t count.

‘It’s shameful!': Moneyball star Brad Pitt admits he knows nothing about baseball as he lands Sports Illustrated cover [London Daily Mail]

  1. southernpatriots - Sep 20, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    We would have thought that Brad would at least take in a few games, read Sporting News, talk to some players and/or administrators, do something related to baseball to prepare for this roll. Aren’t actors supposed to prepare for rolls, or are they do busy nowadays to do this? What a shame.

  2. neelymessier - Sep 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Don’t be ridiculous. He’s not playing a player, like in 8 Men Out. He’s playing a baseball executive. He has a script, and a director. TV and the movies are full of actors playing roles they know nothing about in real life. A good actor can take a script, and direction, and make it realistic, as long as the script is realistic and the director knows what he wants.

    He probably didn’t take any statistics classes either.

    • southernpatriots - Sep 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      Guess it was too much to take in a few games. sad.

  3. neelymessier - Sep 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Not necessary for an actor. All he needs to study is footage of Beane, since many know him.

  4. neelymessier - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Yes the young Billy is played by someone else. I wonder how much baseball experience Philip Seymour Hoffmann has? He’s playing Art Howe. Taking in a few games is a pleasure for many, myself included. But someone who never really played, doesn’t know the history or follow the game, is not going to learn much about baseball in a few games. Again, the relevance escapes me, unless you are playing an active ballplayer. The power of this movie is in the screenplay adapted from the book, and the strength of the actors. We see people playing doctors, computer geniuses, whatever, all the time. If I’m going to play a coroner, should I sit in on a few autopsies? If I’m going to play Teb Bundy, should I go knock of a few women?

    What is sad, is that you understand less about acting, than he does about baseball.

  5. texangirl - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Brad, it’s shameful how little you know about anything.