Jonah Hill: Moneyball a great film, even for non-baseball fans

"It's a great movie if you're into baseball, but it's really just an underdog story. It sounds cheesy, but it's a really deep movie – even if you could care less about baseball, you'll enjoy it greatly," Jonah Hill enthused about his new film, Moneyball, on Facebook.

Seven hours ago, Hill was on his way to The Howard Stern Show to promote the movie this morning on SiriusXM.

"I'm gonna ride the Sybian," Hill tweeted.

"Moneyball" already showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and will hit theatres Friday.

"Jonah is very open. He's such a lovely guy. He's got no guard, not cagey in any way," co-star Brad Pitt told Postmedia News.

Photo sourced from Hill's Facebook page.

The movie is based on a true story, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), general manager of the Oakland Athletics, whose team's budget is one third of the larger teams. Eager to save his team despite poor financial situation, he teams up with Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), who he hires as his assistant general manager.
Hill introduces a new method based on calculations and algorhithms, finds value in undervalued players, and together they form a team, change the game of baseball forever.

"It was really important that we connected and were able to make form this believable friendship and partnership," Hill told

"Brad was fantastic."

For Hill, drama is a completely new playing field, he's never played a character with a skill such as Peter Brand has:

“He was just a person in society that you come across in society sometimes that I felt hadn’t been portrayed in a movie—a guy that really blends into the wall. He’s a little Aasperger’s-y, my character, just that guy who would be doing all the crunching, the busy work," Hill said to Postmedia.

And his physical transfomation is undeniable. He lost some 40 pounds recently, though not necessarily just for the new role. 

Image sourced from

"I just decided one day I want to be healthier, and I felt that was important, and I just stepped to it," Hill said.

"I can barely count to 10, personally, but I had a statistics tutor to help me understand what I was talking about ... It is not easy to be able to throw out numbers and have them be legit."

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