Moneyball, in response to the actual story of Oakland Athletics manager Billy Beane, have been something of a zeal project for Brad Pitt, who stars in addition to produces.
The film is predicated at the non-fiction book by Michael Lewis, which was adapted for the screen by Steve Zaillain and Aaron Sorkin. We recently caught up with Brad Pitt to speak about the evolution of his career, and took the chance to grill him in regards to the new movie.
On even if the baseball movie can be capable of finding an audience outside of the States, Pitt told us, “I knew, really, little or no about baseball, besides taking one within the face after I was in junior high.
“And I didn’t spend numerous time watching the game. But I became obsessive about this book that was about these guys questioning a system and going up against a system and what that took.
“You need to understand, this was a team with a $40m dollar payroll, and they’re seeking to compete with teams with $240m dollar payrolls. And it’s an unfair game. That’s the title of the book, Win An Unfair Game.”
So, is it a universal ‘triumph of the underdog’ tale, then? “These guys said, “We can’t fight the opposite guys’ fight. We need to question everything. We’ve got to go looking for brand spanking new knowledge. We’ve got to reexamine the game and where we place value.”
“In that process, they discovered great inefficiencies in how people were judged for merit. And so they were in a position to exploit that and prepare a powerful team and that i think that ultimately the film is set that. It’s about value and the way we place value on people.
“What’s a winner, what’s a loser? These themes are universal.”
When we asked if there have been any parallels to be drawn with the movie business, and the studios wielding all of the power, Pitt responded, “You know, it’s a cynical business.
“I think there are good stuff happening at the moment. I FEEL the discovery of the digicam has unfolded new avenues for those that didn’t have opportunities before.
“For me, it just makes me question my very own beliefs. I GLANCE for my very own bias, and I’m going to depart it at that.”
When we asked him to expand on that, he said, “Well, again it comes right down to value – if I’m going to take a position time into something, what I WILL BE ABLE TO bring to it?
“For me, at the producer’s end, it’s just been more about getting stories out that can have a hard time seeing the sunshine of day.”
Moneyball opens on 25 November 2011.
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