New York Post Paul DePodesta didn't want name used in 'Moneyball' movie

September 21st, 2011

New York Post

Mets exec didn’t want name used in ‘Moneyball’ movie

September 21, 2011 12:57 PM

By Mike Puma

ST. LOUIS — Paul DePodesta plans to bring a grain of salt for his popcorn when he finally gets to see “Moneyball” this week.

The ballyhooed movie, which opens Friday, portrays DePodesta, now the Mets vice president of player development and amateur scouting, as an unathletic computer geek, played by Jonah Hill, who serves as Oakland general manager Billy Beane‘s right hand.

“I can’t take it seriously,” DePodesta said yesterday. “And I certainly can’t take it personally. We’ll see when I actually see it, but I’m determined not to take it too seriously.”

DePodesta, a tall and lanky former Harvard football player, won’t have his name mentioned in the movie. Hill plays a character named Peter Brand, based on DePodesta, who arrives and uses statistical analysis to help rebuild Oakland into a playoff team.

It was by DePodesta’s request that his name wasn’t used. DePodesta said the producers were under no obligation to honor that request, but he’s glad they did. DePodesta denied it had anything to do with who would play him in the movie.

“Just the whole idea of somebody else portraying me to the rest of the world was unnerving, for better or worse,” DePodesta said. “They could have made me look like Superman [and] it still would be just sort of odd. That was something that sat in the back of my mind. Read More…