Disney throws another feel-good pitch with Million Dollar Arm
Published on May 14, 2014 6:19 AM
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - In the new Disney film Million Dollar Arm, Jon Hamm is soaked in perspiration, not the alcohol-induced sweat of his Mad Men character Don Draper, but the kind that comes from filming a modest production in India in the hottest part of the year.
Despite working in conditions he calls "remarkably warm and challenging", the baseball tale with a global twist gave Hamm not only his first lead role in film but one that was decidedly more upbeat than the ad man that made him famous on television. "I love the fact that it has a family component to it and it has redemption," said Hamm.
"You leave the movie theatre with a smile on your face. It's a nice alternative to my other on-screen persona, who is a little bit darker." Hamm plays sports agent J.B. Bernstein who, in a desperate bid to drum up clients, goes to India to find baseball pitchers among the country's cricket-loving sportsmen. It's a real-life story that warmed hearts over at the Walt Disney.
By the standards of the studio known for big-budget blockbusters, Million Dollar Arm is a small film, with a budget of US$25 million (S$31 million), a fraction of the US$200 million it cost to make the soon-to-be-released Maleficent with Angelina Jolie.
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