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Baseball and movies: Renner looks like Peavy, Hill doesn't look like DePodesta

Mar 8, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

Jeremy Renner was seemingly the only person involved with The Hurt Locker not to take home an Oscar last night, but as seemingly everyone in my Twitter feed pointed out at least he still looks like a dead ringer for Jake Peavy (or perhaps at this point Peavy looks like a dead ringer for him):
jake peavy and jeremy renner.JPGIn other movie/baseball news, ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer reveals via Michael Lewis (I think, unless he was joking around) that Jonah Hill is set to play former A’s assistant general manager Paul DePodesta if the Moneyball movie ever gets made.
paul depodesta and jonah hill.JPGDePodesta is a skinny former football player and Harvard graduate. Hill almost exclusively plays overweight slackers. I suppose it doesn’t matter a whole lot, since 99 percent of the movie-going audience won’t know what DePodesta actually looks like, but it’ll probably bug all the dorks like me.
The good news is that the mismatch between DePodesta and Hill means that my dream of having George Clooney play me in The Aaron Gleeman Story is still alive. It’ll have to be some of his best work yet, because the script is mostly just about a guy who sits in his underpants and blogs about baseball all day. Renner is already signed on to play Peavy, with an intense scene where I point out his extreme home/road splits.

  1. Fashion Police - Mar 8, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Back in the day, we used to call those Jonah Hill beards “hat straps” since they weren’t on your face, but rather under your chin. Hat straps were never considered a good idea. Not being able to grow a proper beard was no great shame. Growing a hat strap and thinking that it was a proper beard… well, that was mock-worthy.

  2. MrMagoo - Mar 8, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    There is about as much resemblance between Depodesta and Hill as there is between Peavy and Renner. Renner was on a TV series last year called the Unusuals. Too bad it was canceled.

  3. joeiscool12 - Mar 8, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    How is Stephen Colbert NOT playing DePodesta?

  4. cliff - Mar 8, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    What about Jerry Seinfeld for DePodesta? That is a pretty close ringer there.

  5. Ryan - Mar 8, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    He is playing Dayton Moore – whereas Bill O’Reilly is playing Ozzie Guillen. Loud, annoying and obnoxious with a never-ending stream of nonsense.

  6. Jacob - Mar 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Demetri Martin was originally supposed to play DePodesta when Stephen Soderbergh was still attached.

  7. wickethewok - Mar 8, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    What’s the deal with BABIP? Can you believe GMs are still using RBI to value a player? Who ARE these people?

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