Brad Pitt ‘Became Obsessed’ With ‘Moneyball’

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Brad Pitt is featured on the cover of New York Magazine’s Fall Preview issue on newsstands this week, looking stylish as ever alongside his Moneyball co-star Jonah Hill.

Brad explains in the cover story just why he was so eager to star in Moneyball, an underdog baseball film which hits theaters on September 23, that he says he “became obsessed” with. 

“I saw it as a story about justice. How is a team with a $40 million payroll going to compete with a team with a $140 million payroll and another $100 million in reserves? Any talent they grow is going to get poached by the rich teams. That became really interesting to me.”

The 47-year-old actor had no qualms about sharing the cover with his funny costar, stating that working with Jonah gave him a newfound appreciation for young comedians. 

“Jonah’s a revelation in this thing – he’s a study in reserve. I think the most interesting work that’s been going on in the last couple of years is what the comedy guys have been doing.”

Pitt added, “Guys like Jonah and Russell Brand and [Seth] Rogen and a few others … they picked up on an irreverence that started with Adam Sandler and continued with Will Ferrell, but they’ve been grounding it in a kind of pathos and humanity. I find it really strong work.”

According to IMDB, the baseball movie is “the story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s (Pitt) successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.”

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