Bloomberg: Brad Pitt Hunts for Baseball Bargains in ‘Moneyball’ at Toronto

September 13th, 2011

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Brad Pitt Hunts for Baseball Bargains in ‘Moneyball’ at Toronto

By Rick Warner
September 13, 2011

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in “Moneyball.” The film is at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Photographer: Melinda Sue Gordon/Toronto International Film Festival via Bloomberg

Brad Pitt at the premiere of “Moneyball” at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film is based on Michael Lewis’s best-seller. Photographer: Eric Charbonneau/Columbia TriStar Marketing Group via Bloomberg

Brad Pitt smiled when asked if baseball executive Billy Beane’s strategy of signing undervalued talent to cheap contracts could work in Hollywood.

“Not if they hired me,” the highly paid star told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Pitt was in town to promote “Moneyball,” based on Michael Lewis’s best-seller about the tradition-shattering system Beane pioneered with the Oakland Athletics.

Pitt stars as Beane, a highly touted prospect who had a short, disappointing major-league career. He became a much more successful general manager, assembling competitive teams with one of baseball’s smallest payrolls.

“This is a guy whose life didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to,” director Bennett Miller (“Capote”) said at the press conference, where he shared a table with Pitt and cast members Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill and Chris Pratt.

“He was supposed to be a superstar … but it took him more than a decade toiling in failure before he accepted that it wasn’t going to happen. So it ends up being much more than a sports story.”  Read More…