Stars Are Batty About 'Everyone's Hero'
"It's a lovely script," raves
"Everyone's Hero" is, indeed, an entirely irony-free piece of inspirational storytelling, focusing on a 10-year-old boy who has to go on a quest to rescue
"Chris had done a film that I wrote a lot time ago and that was a big boon to my fledgling writing career," Macy explains. "I knew him in New York before that. And Chris and Dana's spirit is all over this thing, so pretty much everybody who was contacted to say 'You want to make sure this thing gets done?' everybody said 'Yeah.'"
Another of the performers who said "Yeah" was actor-director
"I actually went and did a lot of research on this," Reiner explains. "I talked to as many baseballs as I could -- ones that are used for fungos, ones that are used for games, ones that are just batting practice balls -- they all have a different slant on it and I took from all of them."
The "Spinal Tap" director is kidding and eager to kid some more. What was the best piece of advice he got?
"Well, the best advice I got was from this one ball who was used in a T-ball game... And it basically said, 'There are no small baseballs, only small...' something or others."
And how are contemporary baseballs different from their 1930s predecessors?
"The contemporary baseball is looking for more perks, to be quite honest," Reiner emphasizes. The old baseball would be just happy to play the game, the love of the game. The new baseball likes to be kept in a humidor. He says 'I'm not going to be used for more than three batters.' There are performance clauses."
Experience the joy of a talking baseball named Screwy when "Everyone's Hero" opens everywhere on Friday, Sept. 15.