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Casey Affleck to direct a movie about Josh Hamilton’s life

Jun 22, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

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Mike Fleming of Deadline reports that a movie about Josh Hamilton‘s life story is being shopped around Hollywood, with Casey Affleck already attached as writer and director.

Hamilton’s story certainly contains more than enough drama to be a compelling movie, but a biopic of a still-living 31-year-old seems kind of premature, especially considering his recent alcohol-related setbacks and the fact that he may be leaving the Rangers as a free agent in a few months.

According to the report Hamilton and his wife sold the rights to his story and will be executive producers for the movie, which fellow producer Basil Iwanyk described as having “the mythic quality of The Natural, the faith-based angle of The Blind Side, and the romance of Walk the Line.”

No word yet on who would star as Hamilton. Any suggestions?

  1. lardin - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Sounds good, as long as his brother doesnt play Hamiliton..

  2. jontler - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Great, another movie about a baseball personality that ends with them *not* winning the World Series.

    • Phillies Homer - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      Maybe it will happen “Fever Pitch” style where as the movie is being made the Rangers win the World Series

  3. cereal blogger - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Josh Hamilton will be played by Ronald McDonald

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      That’s a clown comment, bro.

      • cereal blogger - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        LOL !

      • CJ - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        well played. just spit out my pm coffee, lol.

  4. mybrunoblog - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Sorry to be Debbie downer but isn’t it a bit premature to be talking about a biopic of Hamilton? The man has serious substance abuse issues and could relapse at any time. If I recall he relapsed last year.
    It may be better to wait until Hamilton gets a better hold on his problem before this project gets off the ground.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Any addict could relapse at any time. I think it could be a decent movie. I can see Chris Hemsworth playing him.

    • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      I bet the men’s room scene, if done right, could rival the one in Husbands.

  5. mianfr - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    I’d like to suggest Denzel.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      Make sure that bathtub is clean, homey.

    • cereal blogger - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      Samel L’s people have expressed interest in the role

    • cereal blogger - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      as Ron Washington ?

      • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        Does Ron Washington constantly address Hamilton as “motherfucker”?

      • beefytrout - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        Old Gator – you’re thinking of my dad.

  6. kopy - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    It’s gotta be Tom Hanks. It’s always Hanks.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Sure, because he isn’t nearly double Hamilton’s age.

      • kopy - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        I guess the sarcasm was only obvious to me…

      • urfinished - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        Thats a clown response bro.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        I got your sarcasm. I decided to respond humorlessly for reasons unknown.

  7. rickywallace - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Cole Hauser. He also happens to be a longtime friend of Affleck.

    • bigleagues - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      But is it Hauser? Or is it Quade?

      #kuatolives

  8. bigleagues - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Steve Buscemi – not an obvious choice – but I wouldn’t bet against him pulling it off.

    If not Mr. Pink then Mark Wahlberg or Leo DiCaprio I guess.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Buscemi can pull anything off. Though I’m not sure how many decades he’d have to be in the gym to look like Josh.

    • cereal blogger - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      maybe for the Joe Paterno tory ??

      • bigleagues - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        Nah . . . that’s got Pacino written all over it!

  9. mattyflex - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    The obvious choice here is http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/080408/Will-Ferrel_l.jpg

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Hey, he has the hair.

      • mattyflex - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        From that picture, I think the resemblance is shockingly similar.

    • bigleagues - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      The teaser would go something like this:
      ——————————————————

      You laughed with him in Old School . . .

      You revered him as Ron Burgundy . . .

      And now you will cheer for him . . .

      In a role unlike any you have seen him in before . . .

      The legendary Will Ferrell is . . .

      “Hammered”.

      “Hammered: The Josh Hamilton Story”

      Cut to clip of play-by-play announcer “The Hammer did it again!”

      • bigleagues - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        He was on a meteoric rise to the top.

        But threw it all away.

        Only to recover . . .

        And come back better than ever.

        Once he was broken and tokin’. . . but now . . . he ain’t jokin’

        Critics are raving about Will Ferrell,

        in his dramatic role debut . . .

        “HAMBONE: The Josh Hamilton Story”.

        What the critics are saying . . .

        “CGI allowed Ferrell to lose his freshman 20 and put on muscle mass – the rest is all Ferrell who delivers a grand slam performance.”

        “Is there nothing that Will Ferrell can do? He’s a comedic genius, played with Blue Oyster Cult, runs marathons, and he has a smokin hot wife . . . and now he’s certain to be an Academy Awards nominee.”

        “Ricky Bobby, Jackie Moon and now Josh Hamilton! All-Star performance! What’s next? ‘LONGSHOT: The Jerry Bailey Story?!’ Why not? I wouldn’t bet against Ferrell ever again.”

  10. samu0034 - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    I figure they probably use the Home Run Derby as the movie’s climax, in which case a lot of the recent relapse struggles get left right out. The dude has had an eventful life, you don’t need to tell the entire story.

    • kopy - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Who’s going to play Justin Morneau winning the derby?

      • samu0034 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        Real life cameo? Or perhaps they could set up Morneau as the evil Canadian antagonist of the whole story.

      • kopy - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        Maybe they can get the guy who played Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV”

  11. soobster - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Mathew Mcconaughey Channing Tatum or Bradley Cooper. I’m not really a fan of theirs but they’re all built enough to realistically play a big time slugging baseball player. With the first two having been actual athletes at one point.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      I like the idea of Cooper. Dude can act, and he looks enough like him. Tatum crossed my mind, too.

      • soobster - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        Well I think Tatum would be the choice if they’re going to use a lot of his early life like when he initially got drafted, got the bonus, then went off the deep end. I’m not sure the other two would be believable 19 year old kids going on a drug binge.

  12. canyonhawk - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Charlie Sheen

    • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      #losing

  13. beefytrout - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I figure that they’ll end the movie with him winning the MVP. That way they can avoid some of the heavier aspects of his life that have happened in the last few years and the movie can end on a high note.

    No pun intended.

  14. charlutes - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    The guy who played the younger brother in Warrior

  15. jhorton83 - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Christopher Walken

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      Walken should play Ron Washington.

  16. bdnnbd - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Cole Hauser is a dead ringer.

    • bigleagues - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      In all seriousness . . . he really is.

  17. boltindc - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Ryan Kwanten.

  18. ezwriter69 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Filming has been delayed while Affleck recovers from a pulled hammy…

  19. kpt033 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Cole Hauser would be an ideal star to play Hamilton, they look alike and he can beef up his shoulder/arn/wrist and tatoos to get him closeer to Hamilton.

  20. bjtmeyer - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Ron Burgandy

  21. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Bill Brasky needs to play Josh Hamilton.

    • saucepaws - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Best damn salesman in the office!

  22. Phillies Homer - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Think the movie will include that one time he killed a guy?

  23. jssgriffi - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    It’s obvious Matthew mconnahey will star in that movie

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