DO YOU THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE FOR PEOPLE? I don't think anyone was expecting it to be what it is. On paper, it sounds like the most boring movie ever: it's about people who use statistics to win baseball games, which to me sounds like a movie I would never go see. But in truth, it's about people — Brad's character and my character — banding together to give value to people who never had value, and, in turn, finding value in themselves. When [A's first-baseman Scott] Hatteberg hits that home run, it's so meaningful for Peter, my character, because he chose this guy. This guy was sitting on his couch unemployed, Peter chose him, and he hit this game-winning home run. You realize at that moment that Peter is the same thing. Billy shined a light on Peter when no one shined a light on him before, and said, "You can do this. We're going to change the way people think about this forever, together." It's very moving to me.
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MONEYBALL IS A DRAMA, BUT THERE ARE STILL SOME FUNNY PARTS TO IT. IS IT DIFFERENT PREPARING TO BE FUNNY IN A SERIOUS FILM? In something like a Judd Apatow comedy — movies I'm exceptionally proud of — there is big pressure in every scene to say, "What's going to be funny now? How are we going to make the audience laugh?" In this film, I never did that once. There was never a moment where I was cognizant to say, "I'm going to make a joke here, or be funny." All the laughs in Moneyball are from small character moments.
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