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Royce Clayton is playing Miguel Tejada in the Moneyball movie

Nov 11, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

miguel tejada and royce clayton

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has an interesting article about longtime big leaguer Royce Clayton, who after retiring in 2008 auditioned for a part in the upcoming “Moneyball” movie and was cast as Miguel Tejada. Seriously.

Clayton didn’t speak Spanish, but tried to learn enough to sound authentic for his scenes with Brad Pitt. And then when it came time to actually start filming director Bennett Miller told him to drop the accent and just speak naturally.

Clayton told Crasnick that he enjoyed the movie-making experience, but said it’s not quite as glamorous as you might think:

In my sport, you make a good play and see thousands of people go crazy. For actors, there’s very little fanfare when you’re shooting a movie. It’s tedious work. You sit around for long hours, and if you’re a main guy, you know the results of that movie pretty much hinge on your performance. It’s definitely not all glamour and glitz like people think it is. We’d have a 6 p.m. call time, and three days later you’d get a 6 a.m call time and totally switch your clock. It’s tough. I definitely have an appreciation now for what these guys do–their talent and their craft.

Also of note: Crasnick reports that Paul DePodesta “asked to have his name removed from the film,” so instead the “Moneyball” movie will have a character named “Peter Brand” as Billy Beane’s right-hand man. Perhaps he, like everyone else, thought it was absurd that Jonah Hill had been cast to portray him despite what is probably a 100-pound difference.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    What the heck is Jonah doing in that movie? Seriously, it’s ridiculous. I’m surprised Beane is Brad Pitt and not Seth Rogen.

    I really wonder how this movie is going to turn out. Should be interesting.

  2. Charles Gates - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    I have Royce Clayton’s rookie card. If he gets a Best Supporting Actor award maybe it’ll go up in value.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    I guess this means i didn’t get the part.. Damn and 4 hours of a tanning bed before my audition gone to waste!!! My wife isn’t going to be happy when she finds out I used all of her tanning gift certificates and didn’t even land the part. In truth Tejada is not red, and can move faster than a giant sloth. I may have outdone myself again. Shoulda spray tanned I guess…..

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