The Huffington Post
September 9, 2011
By, Jordan Zakarin
With a line bursting with stargazers snaking all the way around a massive public square, the Toronto International Film Fest premiere of “Moneyball” was a raucous scene that turned into a kind of makeshift victory parade for Brad Pitt, the baseball film’s magnetic leading man. That the film celebrates a true story — and features Pitt playing an actual person — seemed to have been forgotten for the moment, such was the euphoria of the crowd’s feting of the actor.
So, in slipped Billy Beane, the trailblazing Oakland Athletics general manager whom Pitt portrays in the film, virtually unnoticed ahead of the “Moneyball” cast. Luckily, HuffPost was able to flag him down to talk about the movie, his experience during its production and what he thought about Pitt’s portrayal.
HuffPost: Have you seen the film yet? What did you think?
Beane: It was good. I got used to it after a while. It was surreal. I was a little desensitized after the third of fourth showing. It’s good.
HuffPost: How was the experience of making the film?
Beane: They were really respectful the whole time, because I said at the beginning, I have a day job. And they were very very, not only respectful, but they handled everything in a first class way, starting with Sony to Bennett to Brad to the producers, Mike DeLuca and Rachel Horovitz, and so, at the end of the day, it was relatively painless.
HuffPost: When the first try at the film collapsed, did you think it was done? Or did you think it would come back?
Beane: You know, I did think it was. But a month after that — Brad made it clear from the start that this was something he was really passionate about, which gave me a lot of confidence actually in ultimately what would end up happening, and so it became apparent, [even though] that they sort of shut down production a couple of years ago, they were going to get this made.