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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

BULL DURHAM AT 29: A TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY

I had played baseball at UNC and was just finishing up my course work to get my degree.
Someone called UNC and gave them my name. I showed up and did what I always did, I just
played ball.

The first scene I was in, called for me to hit a double as a right-handed hitter. Tim Robbins,
who played “Nuke LaLoosh” actually had to throw it to me because the camera was behind
him filming the scene. He was the worst athlete any actor could possibly be. The guy was all
over the place.  Crash Davis was right when he said Nuke couldn’t hit water if he fell out of
a boat. Before the scene, Ron Shelton, who wrote and directed the movie, told me to try to
hit a line-drive betwee shortstop and third base. I said to myself, “If I could do that, I’d probably
be playing in the big leagues.”


What made that even harder was the fact that Robbins couldn’t throw the ball over the plate, or
within a mile of it. He was throwing it behind me, over my head, five feet in front of the plate,
and he hit me twice in the back. It took 17 takes to get the scene right. When I finally hit one,
I was so stunned that I didn’t even move. Costner got up and yelled at me, “Run!”. In the
movie, the radio man back in Durham hits a piece of wood and says, “there’s a line drive to
left-center field.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2017 at 11:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
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