Several New TV Spots and a Preview Clip from Moneyball Starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill
09.18.11 by Ryan
With Major League Baseball's regular season winding down at the end of the month, director Bennett Miller's (Capote) adaptation of Moneyball is opening just in time for the start of the MLB Playoffs. Based on the 2003 non-fiction bestseller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis, the sports biopic follows Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) as he builds a competitive baseball team, despite not having the largest payroll. Instead, Beane recruited players using a complex, statistics-based system called sabremetrics, which judges players on a variety of performance measurements.
Despite being based on an analytical approach to baseball, Moneyball has caught on with critics, earning a 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Jonah Hill, who plays Beane's assistant GM Peter Brand (based on Beane's actual assistant GM Paul DePodesta), told Sports Radio Interviews that Moneyball wasn't about him and Pitt sitting around talking stats, but was a "really great sports movie" about "being undervalued."
I think baseball fans and sports fans are having the hardest time understanding it without seeing the movie. It’s actually kind of exciting to me. On paper, The Social Network [written by Moneyball co-screenwriter Aaron Sorkin] sounds like the most boring movie ever. It sounds like it’s about a bunch of nerds who created a software program. No one wants to go see that movie. Then you see the movie and it’s amazing because it’s about something else. … A movie about on-base percentage sounds like the most boring movie ever. People wonder how you make a riveting story out of that. The truth is, it’s a really great sports movie. But, really, what the filmmakers did is they just used baseball as a really beautiful, aesthetic backdrop to a story about underdogs and being undervalued.
The TV marketing campaign, which just released several new spots, focuses on Hill's point. Watch them below.
The most recent preview clip focuses on Beane's family life, as his daughter (Kerris Dorsey) reveals her concerns over whether Beane is going to get fired.