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Nine Actors Who Played Real-life Baseball Players

October 19th, 2009 11:00am EDT
Gary Cooper
With the baseball playoffs in full swing, it's time to take a look at actors who have stepped up to the plate and taken on the challenge of portraying a real-life hardball legend. While there have been many great movies and portrayals about diamond life (Kevin Costner in "Bull Durham" springs to mind), a select few actors have hit the field in fact-based baseball films.

Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig

In the revered biopic "The Pride of the Yankees," Cooper steps into the shoes of the Yankees icon and deftly handles all the off-the-field developments (diagnosis of ALS, "Luckiest Man Alive"...
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The Best Baseball Movies Ever

October 9th, 2009 11:30am EDT
Best  Baseball  Movies  Ever
The MLB baseball playoffs have already begun and eight teams are battling it out for that prestigious World Series title. For over a century now, baseball has given us memorable moments like game-winning home runs, perfect games, and complete-game shutouts. Baseball has also given us some of the most memorable movies in film history. In honor of our national pastime, we've compiled a list of the greatest baseball films that have captured the essence of the game and inspired sports and non-sports fans alike. ...
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Roger Moore's Fear of Guns Almost Cost Him 007 Role

July 17th, 2006 9:49am EDT
Roger Moore
Former James Bond star Roger Moore almost never got to play the suave superspy because he's terrified of guns. Ever since a rifle exploded in his hands during his National Service in the British military, the actor has suffered involuntary blinking whenever he hears a bang and feared it would cost him the 007 role.

He recalls, "A gun blew up in my hands, which deafened me for a few days. It caused me to blink before I squeezed the trigger of any gun. Anything that went bang made me blink."

However, Moore was so desperate to play the fearless British agent he learned to beat his ...
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