Attending an A’s baseball game: About $20.
Pretending to attend an A’s baseball game: Priceless.
No, really. It’s priceless.
Extras appearing in the new “Moneyball” movie tell us they aren’t receiving a dime, but that’s not stopping them from showing up in droves to the Oakland Coliseum.
Last night, and for the next several nights, hundreds of locals answered the cattle call to appear as fans in the new baseball movie starring Brad Pitt (not present last night) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (present).
Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, the real-life general manager of the team.
“Moneyball” is the story that shows how Beane took the team to the playoffs during the 2002 season on a shoestring payroll of under $50 million. That's shoestring by MLB standards.
We tried to get a glimpse of the filming, but weren’t allowed on the field. Not even into the parking lot, for that matter.
From a distance, it was obvious something was going on. The Coliseum was lit up and we could see highlights from an A’s game played on a Jumbotron. The parking lot was loaded with cars, movie trailers and a large tent. Filming lasted until a little bit before 5 a.m Tuesday.
It will resume Tuesday afternoon. The movie shoot is supposed to wrap up late next week.
Sorry if you want to participate as an extra. Beinamovie.com reports that the producers already have enough people, though you can sign up to be on standby.