Brad Pitt is on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Why? Because he made a movie about baseball, that’s why.
Brad Pitt stars in the upcoming flick, Moneyball, which is already getting a ton of Oscar buzz. I would try to tell you what the movie is about, but my boyfriend will just get mad at me for getting it wrong again. So I’ll let Brad do the work:
“It’s complicated material. It’s not your conventional story or story line. Ultimately, I couldn't let go of the story of these guys who, by necessity ... were trapped in an unfair game, an unfair situation. ... They had to think differently. At the end of the day, it’s a story about our values, about how we value other people, what we value as success, what we value as failure…”
Basically, it’s based on the book The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The story chronicles the Oakland Athletics baseball team and Billy Beane, its general manager, who used sabermetrics for assembling a baseball team, because they had no money.
Brad dons an Oakland A’s cap for the September 26 issue of Sports Illustrated, which hits newsstands on Wednesday. Pitt tells the mag:
“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.”
It’s probably also nice to not be talking about Jennifer Aniston this week.
“It’s shameful how little I know about baseball,” Brad told Sports Illustrated. “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.”
So what was the initial attraction to the script?
“I’m a sucker for the underdog story,” Brad explains. “What we were trying to do is tell an unconventional story in the Trojan horse of a conventional baseball movie.”
Brad has compared Moneyball to The French Connection, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and All the President’s Men:
“In scripts today, someone has a big epiphany, learns a lesson, then comes out the other side different. In these older films I’m talking about, the beast at the end of the movie was the same beast in the beginning of the movie. What changed was the world around them, by just a couple of degrees. Nothing monumental. I think that’s true about us. We fine‑tune ourselves, but big change is not real.”
I’ll have some mercy on Brad and not segue that into a Jennifer Aniston comparison. It’s been six years, after all.
Moneyball is set to release September 23.