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Paul DePodesta explains why he didn’t want his name used in “Moneyball”

Sep 16, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT


As noted in my review of “Moneyball” earlier this week Jonah Hill’s assistant general manager character is named “Peter Brand” because Paul DePodesta didn’t want his real name used in the movie.

DePodesta, who was the A’s assistant GM when Michael Lewis wrote the book and is now the Mets’ vice president of player development, talked to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal about why he didn’t want to be associated with the character:

I just could never get comfortable with the idea of somebody else portraying me to the rest of the world. It’s very unnerving, and it was something that wasn’t going to go away. That was always in my mind. … Like any movie, to make it interesting, there has to be some conflict there. In some respects, a lot of the conflict is going to revolve around my character, and that was never really the case in reality.

DePodesta met with Hill during production of the movie and praised his acting ability, telling Costa that playing the fictional “Peter Brand” character “gave him a little more freedom to do his job.”

In the movie Hill out-weighs the real DePodesta by at least 100 pounds and the character is unathletic, socially awkward, and inexperienced. In reality DePodesta played football and baseball at Harvard and got his job in the A’s front office only after working as a scout.

Or as DePodesta put it: “I think for me, it’s a lot easier to live with as long as everybody realizes it’s a movie. It’s not a documentary.”

  1. stra15 - Sep 16, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    DePodesta continued on to say, “But yeah, its basically because he’s fat.”

    • kopy - Sep 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      Nailed it.

  2. APBA Guy - Sep 16, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Alderson, DePodesta and Ricciardi all together again in NY. Man, if the Mets can get their money situation squared away, in 3 years they will be a force.

    • Old Gator - Sep 16, 2011 at 1:11 PM

      Like dark matter, largely inertial.


      • nolanwiffle - Sep 16, 2011 at 1:19 PM

        …..until it crashes, pouring its light into ashes.

      • Old Gator - Sep 16, 2011 at 2:06 PM

        Shall we go, you and I while we can
        The transitive season of Beanbags….

      • bcopus - Sep 16, 2011 at 2:47 PM

        They should have been ragged claws
        scuttling across the floors of silent seas.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 16, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Most of the people seeing the movie won’t know whether the A’s assistant GM was Paul DePodesta, Peter Brand or Peter Brady anyway, so who really cares whether DePodesta allowed them to use his name? If anything he should have allowed it so his not-so-well-known name could become more mainstream. Lord knows being demoted from assistant GM to VP of the Mutts Player Development can’t have helped much.

    • Old Gator - Sep 16, 2011 at 2:07 PM

      Oooooooh, that’s cold….

    • clydeserra - Sep 16, 2011 at 2:16 PM

      Good thing the Dodgers’ fired him. They would have sucked if he was still the GM.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Sep 16, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Phun Phact: If you use the story scroll widget to click on an article the thumbs up – thumbs down mechanism disappears. I usually don’t pay much attention to it even though I will thumb up comments, but I usually like to see how many thumbs down biceps can generate from the outrageous things he types 😀

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