Brad Pitt’s baseball film “Moneyball” is up for multiple Academy Awards – vindication for an actor who has gone to bat for the movie at every turn. Lee Cowan has our Sunday Profile:
He’s arguably one of the most famous men on the planet. Together with actress Angelina Jolie, they define “power couple.”
But if you think Brad Pitt always gets the star treatment, think again.
Turns out when it came to the movie “Moneyball,” a lot of people said NO to Brad Pitt: “Our production was like, you know, the red-headed stepchild on the lot.
“This movie died on the vine, or almost died on the vine several times. Actually DID die, and we had to resuscitate it!”
He plays Billy Beane, in the true story of the general manager of the Oakland A’s – a maverick who turned baseball on its head by building a team relying not on star power, but on statistics instead.
The movie is based on the bestseller by Michael Lewis.
“The book deals with, you know, economics, stats, saber metrics . . . nail-biting stuff in the movie theater!” exclaimed Pitt.