“Keeper of the Pinstripes”

Kevin RozellSenior Writer INovember 23, 2008

(Zell's Pinstripe Blog)

Richard Gere showed up at the Yankees Fantasy camp down at Steinbrenner Field. Pretty cool. I remember seeing him at the last game at Yankee Stadium. It’s always fun to see those celebrity Yankee fans in the stands at Yankee stadium. Not all of them are “true fans” but still….haha.

It seems to me that this new Yankee movie, Keeper of the Pinstripes is going to be big hit. will have to wait and see. You know if the Yankees are involved..it usually is a big hit.


The New York Post reports

The New York Yankees always have been Hollywood’s baseball team. That was evident this week. In Tampa at Steinbrenner Field the Yankees Fantasy Camp took place. Richard Gere and his 9-year-old son Homer got pointers from Mickey Rivers and Bucky Dent.

“Richard was great for the morale of all the other campers, everybody had a great time,” Dent said. Noted Mick the Quick: “I’ve been a fan of his ever since American Gigolo. We had a lot of fun.”

Keeper of the Pinstripes

Also on the film front, actor Josh Lucas said he is thrilled to get the chance to play Thurman Munson in the upcoming film Keeper of the Pinstripes that will feature Bernie Williams. Lucas wants to put on about 20 pounds for the role and plans to do some in-depth research. When Lucas brilliantly portrayed basketball coach Don Haskins in Glory Road it was Haskins, Pat Riley and Tim Floyd who taught the actor how to act like a coach.

“It’s an honor to get this role,” Lucas told The Post’s Kevin Kernan. “There’s a couple of them you get every once in a while, I felt that way with ‘Glory Road,’ too. Haskins was not as known as Munson by any means, but he had a similar sort of powerful way about him, a really salt-of-the-earth kind of man. I learned so much playing Haskins, and I have a feeling it will be similar with this, too.”

“I learned more about life in Glory Road’than in any movie I’ve ever done,” Lucas added. “Between those three, Haskins, Riley and Floyd, I learned about what the essence of coaching demands and how they go about pulling greatness from their players.” Riley, Lucas noted, “had more movie-star-quality personality than any movie star I’ve ever seen. It was pretty amazing.”

Keeper of the Pinstripes is based on a series of children’s books by Ray Negron. The film is being directed by Robby Benson of One on One fame.

Gere will play Lou Gehrig in an animated film based on Negron’s series.

In Keeper of the Pinstripes the production company is reaching out to James Gandolfini to play the part of Babe Ruth. If he accepts, Tony Soprano would be going from his Gambino-like role to the Bambino.

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