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  • #46
    Ray as Shoeless Joe..

    Originally posted by yankees rule
    What about the fact that he didn't look like Joe Jackson at all? Maybe from a very big distance.
    Well, Ray wasn't bad as Joe..heck, it could have been worst..like
    John Travola....anyhow, does it really matter if the actor did not
    look like Jackson ? not many people have seen actual photos of
    the real Joe Jackson...so most fans probably did not care..
    however, on the goofs of hitting and throwing, too bad the
    producers of Field, did not pay closer attention to that detail..

    the film did bring Joe Jackson back into the limelight..and on a lesser
    note, moonlight graham..

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    • #47
      Originally posted by skeletor
      Well, Ray wasn't bad as Joe..heck, it could have been worst..like
      John Travola....anyhow, does it really matter if the actor did not
      look like Jackson ? not many people have seen actual photos of
      the real Joe Jackson...so most fans probably did not care..
      however, on the goofs of hitting and throwing, too bad the
      producers of Field, did not pay closer attention to that detail..

      the film did bring Joe Jackson back into the limelight..and on a lesser
      note, moonlight graham..
      I think Ray Liotta would have been a better choice to play a guy like Chick Gandil or Ty Cobb than playing Joe Jackson.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by 64Cards
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        "8 Men Out" was a very good baseball movie, DB Sweeney looked good as Joe Jackson. John Cusack, one of my favorite actors, did a good job as Buck Weaver as did David Straithairn as Eddie Cicotte.

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        I thought the casting choices in Eight Men Out were pretty good. I thought the only poor choice was Michael Rooker as Chick Gandil. I thought that Gandil should have been played by a perpetually pissed off looking actor like Dylan McDermott.

        The Hollywood boys were a little better looking than the actual Black Sox players though.

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        • #49
          I watched the Bobby Knight movie starring Brian Dennehy with my father, and while we both agree that Dennehy is a good actor, Dad said it best: "The only man who can play Bobby Knight is Bobby Knight." I think that holds for just about every big-name athlete. Maybe that's why I don't care for sports movies.

          I will confess to being gassed by seeing Pete Rose playing Ty Cobb. He's no actor, but is a catchy casting move, just as a wink at baseball history nuts. I dug it.

          R.I.P Don Knotts. He was the sickest for all time.

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