Trouble with the Curve (2012) Poster


The close-ups of of a young Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) in a flashback were from footage taken from the earlier Eastwood movie Firefox (1982).
Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams and Reese Witherspoon were considered for the role in that particular order. Bullock declined due to scheduling conflicts, so the role was offered to Adams.
Clint Eastwood said about himself acting in this film about aging in an interview: "You get to a certain age, you're just glad to be there. You have to be a realist so you try to look for roles that are within the age range you are in. It would be kind of ridiculous if I wanted to play a 35-year-old guy. I've enjoyed the journey to this stage and I intend to enjoy the rest of the journey".
Baseball coordinator Aimee McDaniel said of working on this movie: "We worked with Amy Adams for four or five days, and by the end of that time, she looked like she'd been catching baseballs her whole life. To have an actress of that caliber just throw herself into something like that made my job easy. And the rest of the cast was equally devoted".
Clint Eastwood originally hinted that the 2008 film Gran Torino (2008) would be his final acting role (although he would continue to direct). Filmmakers got him to change his mind and come out of acting retirement to accept this one.
Appearing in this film is Scott Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood. Its the fourth film of his father's he's appeared in.
According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', "the picture was lensed primarily in Georgia, with extensive access to Atlanta's 'Ted Turner' Field".
In an interview, director Clint Eastwood said of what it was like being directed as an actor by Robert Lorenz): It was horrible, I had to listen to everything he said! Robert and I have worked together for almost 20 years now. We've talked about him directing over the years, so when he showed me this script, I thought it was a perfect opportunity. I had no doubt he'd do a terrific job, and he absolutely did".
The scenes shot at Atlanta's Ted Turner Field were achieved just ahead of the Atlanta Braves' baseball season home opener. Some of the players were on the field warming up while the cast and crew were shooting in another part of the stadium.
Justin Timberlake drew on his own personal experiences "calling" baseball games as kid to play his character who was a baseball scout in this film.
Debut film as director for Robert Lorenz who has been a long time collaborator of Clint Eastwood in various areas such as producing and assistant directing.
Screen-writer Randy Brown said of the film's central character of Gus Lobel which is played by Clint Eastwood that Gus is "a crotchety old guy who was kind of being phased out by the young blood and the new technology. It's happening every day in our country, and not just in baseball. I wondered how that must make someone feel, being pushed out to make room for someone else climbing the ladder".
Amy Adams has said of working with Clint Eastwood: "Working with Clint was amazing. He is truly a legend, so to share the screen with him was an honor".
The fictional Swannanoa High School was located in Dunwoody, just north of Atlanta. Additional "away" games were shot in Jasper, where Jasper City Park became the film's Arden High School, and a championship game was played at Young Harris College, just a few miles from the North Carolina border in North Georgia. The production also filmed at a facility at Georgia Tech, and filmed a minor league game at Luther Williams Field in Macon, Georgia.
Clint Eastwood's first major acting role in a movie he did not direct for nineteen years, the last having been 1993's In the Line of Fire (1993).
According to the production notes, "To ensure a sense of realism on the playing field, Lorenz also hired baseball coordinator Aimee McDaniel to help organize, choreograph and rehearse the athletes, and train the actors to look like players, even Amy Adams". Director Robert Lorenz has said: "Aimee came to Georgia and basically recruited all the different teams and help we needed. She did a great job, so that was one aspect of production I didn't have to worry about. Everybody knew what they were doing and they were all good players...or at least looked like they were".
The movie's crew contained quite a number of regular collaborators from Clint Eastwood's "Malpaso Company". These included producer and director Robert Lorenz, director of photography Tom Stern, production designer James J. Murakami, costume designer Deborah Hopper, and location manager Patrick Mignano.
"Trouble With the Curve" was in theatrical release when Clint Eastwood spoke at the 2012 Republican National Convention. The speech is best known for the "Barack Obama's Empty Chair" speech.
Director Robert Lorenz, according to the DVD short doc, personally cast Amy Adams in the movie.
Clint Eastwood became available for this picture when the planned remake of A Star Is Born (1954) was put into turnaround when Beyoncé Knowles fell pregnant.
Clint Eastwood's first acting role in a movie he did not direct for seventeen years, the last having been his cameo in 1995's Casper (1995).
John Goodman was cast in this baseball movie having previously played baseball legend Babe Ruth in The Babe (1992) about twenty years earlier.
Location Manager Patrick Mignano was instrumental in securing one of the production's greatest coups by being about to conduct filming at the Atlanta Braves' Ted Turner Field in Atlanta.
Clint Eastwood's first acting role in a movie for four years, the last having been 2008's Gran Torino (2008).
Director Robert Lorenz has said of this film: "It was just a matter of finding the right project at the right time," Lorenz states. "I felt the story had broad appeal, a lot of humor, with really great characters and interesting relationships, and I could easily visualize what I would do with it as I read it. The fact that it had a great role for Clint Eastwood and he was interested in playing it was way more than I could have hoped for".
The route of the cross-country road went from Georgia to North Carolina.
According to the DVD short featurette, the picture was predominantly shot in sequence as much as possible.
On the subject of baseball scouts, Clint Eastwood said in an interview: "These guys have a tremendous responsibility, because they're often signing players who are 17, 18-years-old, to major league contracts with a lot of money dropped in their laps. Scouts have to be part psychologist as well as have an eye for the game, so they can be sure they're not betting on the wrong horse".
Debut theatrical feature film of actor Joe Massingill.
Debut produced screenplay of screenwriter Randy Brown.
Though Clint Eastwood did not direct this picture, nor composed the music as he has done on a number of his own films, on it, Eastwood was still a producer, an actor, and the film's top-billed lead star.
This film, a baseball movie, is the just the second sports film Clint Eastwood has acted in. The first, about boxing, was Million Dollar Baby (2004). He also directed and produced the film Invictus (2009) about the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
New baseball talent Bo Gentry (Joe Massingill)'s player position was a "green power hitter".
Robert Lorenz brought the screenplay by Randy Brown to the attention of producer Michele Weisler.

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