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A league of her own?

Posted by Mark Feeney  March 8, 2010 11:14 AM

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oakland_athletics.jpg            Okay, so Sandra Bullock says she wants “to do all types of films” now that she’s won a best actress Oscar for “The Blind Side.” “The Blind Side” is based on a book by Michael Lewis. For some time now there’s been lots of talk about an adaptation of Lewis’ baseball book, “Moneyball,” with Brad Pitt in the role of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. Six month ago, Columbia pulled the plug at the last minute on a version to be directed by Steven Soderbergh. Now IMDb lists it in pre-production, with Bennett Miller as director. Miller’s last film was “Capote.” That was more than five years ago. This arrangement doesn't exactly sound like a lead-pipe cinch.

            So here’s a solution. Cast Bullock as Beane. Seriously. She hasn’t done any sports films, has she? (Unless you think of “Speed” as public-transit NASCAR -- and, no, “Blind Side,” isn’t a sports movie, it’s a racial self-congratulation movie.) She’s never played a guy has she? Meryl Streep’s done it. Helen Mirren did it, sort of, playing Bill Nighy’s part in last year’s remake of “State of Play.” Now it’s Bullock’s chance. Not just a different type of movie, but a different type of type, period.

            So, Hollywood, send Sandra to the plate! If you cast her, they will come. And if they don’t, it at least puts her on the inside track for her next Razzie.

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