In the late 1980s Brad Pitt guest starred in two episodes of Growing Pains. In one he played Carol Seaver’s latest crush, Jeff. In the other he played Jonathan Keith, Ben’s favorite rock star. Ben won some contest or used one of his parent’s connections and got the opportunity to meet Jonathan Keith. After getting Keith’s autograph and picture, Ben left something (maybe a jacket?) in the backstage area. When he showed up unannounced to retrieve it, he walked in on Keith making out with a groupie and discovered that his hero was a womanizer and a jerk.
Like most people who read Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball”, when I heard that a movie was in production, I was flummoxed.
How could you possibly turn a book that did not have a traditional story arc, and that focused more on interesting details day-by-day of the A’s 2002 season, into a feature film?
The result was a very pleasant surprise.