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  • ol' aches and pains
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    Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
    Barry Bonds.
    Andre Braugher would be perfect for the 'roid era Barry.

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  • Phantom Dreamer
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    Maybe a Barry Zito biopic can get the green light with Lauren German playing herself!

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  • Dude Paskert
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    Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
    Taylor Buchholz or Khalil Greene or any of those players with mental issues.
    What about Zack Greinke?

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  • Cowtipper
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    Taylor Buchholz or Khalil Greene or any of those players with mental issues.

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  • Dude Paskert
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    Originally posted by Gold Pinstripes View Post
    It was announced in June the same company which produced "42" will be doing a feature film on the legendary Clemente.
    Nice!!!
    Definitely a worthwhile player, and a true hero.

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  • Gold Pinstripes
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    Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
    A thread to discuss players past or present who deserve to have a biopic produced...
    Perhaps Ted Williams or Roberto Clemente could be candidates. Has there ever been a decent baseball biopic?
    It was announced in June the same company which produced "42" will be doing a feature film on the legendary Clemente.

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  • Phantom Dreamer
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    A Dykstra biopic could be interesting and Jamie Lynn Sigler could play herself.

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  • Dude Paskert
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    Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
    Maybe Chad Curtis, because people seem to like movies set in prison
    Lenny Dykstra would probably be a lot more interesting...from irritating little leadoff guy to roid monster spewing chew juice to car wash magnate to investment guru touted by Jim Cramer buying Gretzky's mansion to magazine publisher to broke bum getting foreclosed on to jail to tell all book writer.

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  • Phantom Dreamer
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    Maybe Chad Curtis, because people seem to like movies set in prison

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  • Mingo
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    Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
    Nothing against him, but if Steve PreFontaine is worthy of two separate biopics, certainly many baseball players are worthy of one. Hell, the Apple dude has yet another biopic out.
    Pretty much anyone can be made to look like a runner with a porno stache. And all you have to do to play Jobs is rant and rave and act like an egomaniac. To accurately play a ballplayer, the actors have to have some real baseball chops and those are woefully missing in Hollywood. If they actually do make a real biopic of Cobb's life with a focus on his playing career, they need to go with an actual ballplayer and give him the acting lessons to pull it off. I'd much rather see adequate acting and great baseball in a film than hammy acting with horrible, Goodmanesque baseball "skill".

    If they ever do that "real" Cobb movie, I vote for a lefty southerner who throws right, bats left and looks like Cobb. Here is my vote, right here:

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  • Phantom Dreamer
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    Nothing against him, but if Steve PreFontaine is worthy of two separate biopics, certainly many baseball players are worthy of one. Hell, the Apple dude has yet another biopic out.

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  • Dude Paskert
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    Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
    Good call on Feller, Dude. He always downplayed his WWII service, saying "I'm not a hero, just a survivor. The heroes didn't come back".
    Wow, great quote!
    Feller was also painfully blunt (to the point of his second wife asking her doctor if it was possible to die of embarrassment), and characters like that can be very interesting to depict in film. I'm thinking in particular of "Talk Radio", about a Howard Stern-esque character who was killed for refusing to do anything but speak his mind on the air...he was sort of based on a real talk show host who was killed by a listener.

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  • ol' aches and pains
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    Good call on Feller, Dude. He always downplayed his WWII service, saying "I'm not a hero, just a survivor. The heroes didn't come back".

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  • Dude Paskert
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    Love the mention of Clemente...he was not a "sports hero", he was a true hero who died trying to bring aid to earthquake victims. Roberto flew on the shipment of relief supplies because he had heard that earlier loads had fallen into the hands of criminals who sold them, and he wanted to use his influence to prevent that from happening again.

    I don't know if his name would bring crowds in anymore, but Bob Feller had a remarkable life...a star while still in high school, a veteran who saw real combat shooting down kamikazes, unfortunate husband to a woman who became addicted to painkillers, plus a man who was gifted with spectacular raw athleticism. Bob started barnstorming heavily and selling insurance (!) to raise money to cover the costs of his wife's addiction and their subsequent divorce. Feller spoke of having to package up small amounts of narcotics and hiding them in various spots of his house, calling her every so often from the road to tell her where the next package was so she could satisfy her cravings without ODing...can you imagine? The poor woman was not a natural born junkie, but became addicted after a botched medical procedure.
    Bob also lost his thunderous fastball to a back injury, but was able to remain a valuable pitcher by concentrating on breaking stuff. You can actually see the injury in his stats, happened during the '47 season and he looks like a different pitcher starting with the '48 numbers.

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  • ol' aches and pains
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    Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
    A thread to discuss players past or present who deserve to have a biopic produced...
    Perhaps Ted Williams or Roberto Clemente could be candidates. Has there ever been a decent baseball biopic?
    I've been calling for a Ted Williams biopic for years. Clemente would be good, too.

    Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
    Unfortunately, when you are talking about "warts and all" that's when estates get involved and they tend to become litigious and we end up with sugar coated "afterschool" specials like 42 and Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story.
    42 wasn't great, but it wasn't bad, IMO. I was prepared for it to be a lot worse.

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