Now playing in theaters is director Craig Gillespie’s true-life sports drama Million Dollar Arm. The film stars Jon Hamm as a washed-up sports agent who travels to India and sets up a nationally televised game show, “Million Dollar Arm” to see if any cricket players might cut it in the big leagues. Once there, he finds two 18-year-old boys, Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal), whose talent at throwing a fastball could possibly lead them to a major league contract. Written by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win), Million Dollar Arm also stars Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin. For more on the film, watch four clips and a featurette.
At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with J.B. Bernstein (who Hamm plays in the film) and Rinku Singh (one of the real baseball players portrayed in the film). They talked about having Hollywood make their story, whether they were ever nervous it wouldn’t get made, if the film changed what really happened to make the story more cinematic, Bernstein’s reaction to having Jon Hamm portray him, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
J.B. Bernstein and Rinku Singh:
- Was Bernstein ever nervous the movie wouldn’t get made?
- Singh talks about his story now being a Hollywood movie.
- They talk about changes from real life for the movie and if anything was exactly as it happened.
- Bernstein talks about his reaction to Jon Hamm playing him.