Baseball, Smith, Brown County discussed on Lance McAlister


Is the premiere of the movie chance at Amelia starlight drive in it's a locally produced and Phil movie about baseball and teenage relationships and the effects of teen suicide it's based on the true story of chance Smith who played for flash baseball in brown county the film was to open in thirty nine theaters in April but the pandemic forced a change in plans show time tomorrow night Saturday and Sunday at eight forty five our next guest stars as the youth baseball coach in the film he's played roles in full metal jacket stranger things weeds birdie any given Sunday I'm a huge fan of his nineteen eighty five movie vision quest in his role as high school wrestler Louden Swain it is an honor to welcome me and Matthew Modine Matthew lance McAlister welcome to sports talk thank you so much for having me unless it's a pleasure to be here how did you become involved in a project like this well Mike Daley who runs that slash baseball his wife has really good taste and she says that she hired me movie and I read description and it was just so terrific I love baseball and and so really that's all that had had to say in the first couple pages was that it that it was about baseball and I was I was pretty much it you could check it give me an opportunity put put on baseball uniform and and go and spent some great quality time with with young athletes who who always teach me about life it is a boy it's a it's a powerful story a powerful messages and it it really is and as you say it's based on a true story about a young chance they grew up there and and and the the I don't know how to how to even put it in words you know that you and I did grow up in a in a time of texting and it's one thing for you to say to somebody or you're an idiot and I'm gonna I'm gonna kick your **** after school or something but with with texting when you when you put it in writing and send it to somebody's column it has a different impact then and then if if you say it you know I mean you actually put it in writing and you said that your personal device your phone and and it it carries a greater weight than than the words used to when we were in school so it changing to a site is is a real problem and and we all have to do what we can to try to provide opportunity and and resources for young people who will find them to do we don't have somebody that can speak to them and help them through a dark period Matthew how much time did you spend here shooting the film I feel like I would I was there for a couple months but I think it was it was probably only about six weeks you know grab a little bit of pre production you know getting there and getting to know the kids and and that kind of you know like the what I call get in baseball shape getting to know my daily and and that his family and his son wrote the screenplay and his wife is in the film does a wonderful job in the film and you know it I I I I like to get there early and and try to soak it up a little bit you know for those who haven't seen the trailer you play the role of chances coach you alluded to baseball are you a big baseball guy I am not but New York Yankees fans which will probably make a lot of your local they're upset but yeah Yankees fan and I grew up in Utah we didn't have a professional baseball team so I had to pick a team and I I picked the Yankees when I lived in Utah and we moved to San Diego when I was in junior high school and I kind of became a Padres fan they had some good ball players and and yeah I'm I'm a Yankees fan I love baseball I did another baseball movie that's really good about pundits Wagner yes played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and it was called the winning season it was a television film and that when I actually got to play baseball I went out and and when cal Ripken is a friend and I asked him if I can go play with his farm team for the Orioles called the iron bridge and that was that was a tremendous experience you know I was telling you off where I had a chance last night on the show to talk with Jay Kurtzman who's a sophomore at sycamore high school big plays on the baseball team he plays twelve year old chance in the movie now he told me tell me you can confirm this he said you helped him with acting in he helped you with baseball true certainly there there were you know doing some special skill the art class baseball and you know to get to get the players to stop thinking and and to react in a in a way that it's a longer conversation than we have time for now but it's a great program and he's come up in that flash baseball system and so there there was some skills that that I was unfamiliar with that data he and and and all the other kids taught me to be to be a little bit better baseball player I I have to admit that I I in nineteen eighty five I was nineteen years old and vision quest is one of my favorite movies and when I saw your name on the on the on the the poster for for this I said man I wonder if we could hook up with him on sports talk could you take me back to that experience what was doing vision quest like for you well I was I was very young I was living in New York City I moved to New York to study acting and but I would have been helpful I grew up in a search for you know they say imperial beach California and when I got to New York all I wanted was for people to think that I was in New Yorker because you had me on the subway and people say where you found that chapter here that yeah but where you from and I did is is the director Harold Baxter a vision quest said he said I hired you because you still live in your hair and and I was really skinny and he he said I think you're a good actor but could you do ten pushups sites that might be able to do eleven and and they sent me to Spokane Washington about six weeks early and we trained and trained and trained you know that the wait time wrestling and and conditioning running running all those kids in the movie were pretty much all of them state champions and what I learned about that that that experience was the in anybody's ever been a grappler knows that what what you're wrestling against is yourself you know they have you're always you're always discovering how far you're willing to push yourself and the extremes that you're willing to go in order to excel at that that this very difficult sport I I just enjoyed that Michael Jordan a documentary the last dance and you know Michael Jordan is the extreme example of one of those people that they that they just pushed himself to to unbelievable athletic I wish I mean he did it and if you've seen it but yes right now our documentary really is that Matthew Modine checking in for just a couple more minutes tonight on sports talk tomorrow night is the premiere of the movie chance at Amelia starlight drive in the film was set to open in April the pandemic changed plans on that's the putting it on the big screen in the milieu starlight drive in Friday Saturday Sunday eight forty five I've met you you've mentioned so many amazing names in these few minutes I I gotta ask you take me back if you could to any given Sunday what was it like working with Al Pacino Alan I used to play softball together so I I do him active he's a really good shortstops I mean look at it but he he moved he moved ready fast and had a great arm had a great throw to first base could could take grounders you know he he what do you what a great hitter but he was a great second shortstop and but the whole movies for Jim Brown I everywhere you look familiar with legend the person that got the most I had the most fun with was probably large Taylor from the New York Giants and and learning about how the game changed because it because of his athletic abilities as it was the middle linebacker right yeah and and he said you know Matthew I never went looking for trouble but it always found me and I mean it's it's it's very poor and you get a larger than life what a gentleman he was an LPG node gray and Jamie **** and hello cool Jay and Jim Brown it's just that I mean another athletic legend genuine grounded a course is a little boy you know my father was a drive in theater manager I'm really that that's why we were moving around all the time I started in Loma Linda California then imperial beach and we moved to Utah where we had about eight drive ins and so that that's my child did this starlight drive in screening I mean I I I lived that that's my childhood wow and and now the first time I saw Jim Branham within the dirty dozen where he was just just amazing I didn't really know him as a football legend I know him as a as a movie star and the dirty dozen while that what one one final note just for Reds fans listening and and since you're a Yankee fan this will fit when we think of the Yankees here we think of nineteen seventy six when the red swept the Yankees so Ali it I hate that I can't tell you how much of a treat this was awarded honor was to talk with you congrats on on this project best of luck with it and and I really appreciate you checking in tonight thank you for having me on the show last thank you you gotta take care and and everybody who's going to move you have a good time buy some popcorn absolutely thank you Matthew bye all right take care there you go Matthew Modine tomorrow night the premiere of the movie chance a.

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