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Why in the World is Jon Hamm Starring in an Earnest, Feel-Good Disney Movie?

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | December 23, 2013 | Comments ()


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I’m not entirely sure why, but the guy is from the midwest, and my guess is that he has a sentimental attachment to baseball, and Million Dollar Arm at least brings an international angle to a decidedly American sport.

It’s about real-life sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) who goes to India and creates a reality show to find a baseball player from among the country’s untapped pool of talented arms. It’s fish out of water (Hamm in India, the Indian players in America); it’s based on a true story; it has international appeal; and it’s got Disney inspirational formula written all over it. It’s gonna do gangbusters, which isn’t so bad if it means that Lake Bell finally gets some mainstream recognition, and if it means bringing more exposure to Hamm.

God knows I’ll watch the crap out of it because I’m a pathetic sucker for earnest sports movies.


Trailer - Million Dollar Arm on Disney Video




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  • TheReinaG

    I remember when they brought those two cricket pitchers over to the US and there were boatloads of jokes about how the Pirates were so terrible they had to go to India to find anyone who would actually want to play for them. This only happened a couple of years ago. I guess no one else around here watches sports. It was kind of a big thing when it happened as the two players were the first Indians to play in the MLB. Dunno what kind of nice bow they'll put on it though, I think one left baseball and the other is in the minors somewhere.

  • e jerry powell

    The chirrens must learn about penis at some point...

  • Jim

    I hope they made him wear "appropriate undergarments" (as the dress code at a company I worked for put it.)

  • e jerry powell

    Meaning no undergarments at all?

  • Jim

    But then they've have to call the show "Tuck Dynasty"

    -Writing credit - Rupaul

  • e jerry powell

    In which case I hope Hamm has small balls.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Why not Slumdog Million Dollar Arm? Just go all the way with it.

  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    I would like to see you make that Halloween costume happen.

  • Tracer Bullet

    I think that trailer gave me diabetes.

  • stella

    Damnit Hamm. Fine, ill watch it.

  • Repo

    Besides Hamm being a baseball guy, maybe he wants to play something more heart warming than Draper?

    Also, I'm glad Lake Bell is becoming a thing. I fell in love with her on Boston Legal and the more exposure she gets, the better.

  • Jenn Hamm

    I'll watch the hell out of this movie.

  • He's making it because what he really wants is to have a catch with his dad.

    Dust in your eyes now, huh?

  • stella

    Omg....yeah...

  • Sarah Weissman

    I LOVED Lake Bell's In a World, and am glad she's in more! Also, yea, everyone needs a paycheck.

  • Berry

    I've never seen a baseball movie, I don't think. Not even A League of Their Own, or that one with Susan Sarandon.

  • General Bluth

    If you're an American, I don't see how this is possible. Growing up in the 90s, it was impossible to avoid baseball movies. You haven't even seen Sandlot?

  • Berry

    I'm not even a little bit American, so there's that. And nope, not even Sandlot. But hey, I did remember one baseball movie I have seen. It was about some guys who threw a game, in the 30's maybe? No idea what it was called, or who was even in it.

    Edit Google to the rescue. It was Eight Men Out, and it takes place in 1919, not 1930's. My memory's just not what it used to be.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch?

  • Berry

    Well, wikipedia tells me that's the fourth film in the Air Bud -series, and while that sounds epic, no. Not even that. But thank you for bringing the existence of said films to my attention.To think, I could have gone my whole life without hearing about them. That would have been a tragedy.

  • Joseph Finn

    Hamm's a HUGE St. Louis Cardinals fan. You see him photographed at ball games occasionally, wearing a Cardinals cap that looks like he's had it since he was 16.

  • JJ

    He even narrated the MLB Productions movie about the Cardinals 2011 title. You could tell me that he and Costner were co-starring in a baseball movie, and I wouldn't be surprised in the least.

  • Guest

    This is probably why he didn't get that Emmy / SAG nomination.

    OSCAR! Also Lake Bell!

  • Daniel Lewis

    Also, even if the movie is terrible, we'll probably get a good Comedy Bang Bang appearance out of it.

  • Ozioma

    In the immortal words of Sir Laurence Olivier: Money, dear boy.

  • Daniel Lewis

    I'll watch Hamm in anything.

  • e jerry powell

    I'll go you one better and watch Hamm in nothing. At all. Except maybe socks if it's cold.

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