Actor John Ortiz Developing Biopic on Baseball Manager Ozzie Guillen
If you've followed professional baseball over the last decade, you're likely familiar with the name Ozzie Guillen. One of the more outspoken managers in the sport, Guillen is the first Latino manager in the history of Major League Baseball to win the World Series, bringing the Chicago White Sox their first championship since 1917 when the team won it all in 2005. Now, according to Showbizcafe (via Collider), Silver Linings Playbook actor John Ortiz (who plays Bradley Cooper's best friend Ronnie in that film) is developing a biopic about the often controversial player-turned-manager in the vein of Moneyball. Read on!
Speaking with Showbizcafe, Ortiz revealed that he's meeting with Guillen to work out the details of their project before it goes into pre-production. He says:
"Ozzie Guillen and I are going to meet when I’m in Chicago. I don’t want to make a straight up baseball movie, but something along the lines of Moneyball. It’d be a lot more than just 9 guys on the baseball diamond. I want to do something where we focus on the profession of him being a baseball manager, how complex of a man he is, the culture, immigration, Chicago, Miami, [Fidel] Castro, there is so much there. I’m fascinated with him, I think he’s such a charismatic dude and people seem to love him or hate him. So I think he’d be a great subject for a movie."
The outlet isn't sure whether Ortiz would write, direct, or star in the film (perhaps even all three, especially since he kind of looks like Guillen), but since this one isn't even in pre-production yet, it'll be a while before we find out. It's just a cool story for baseball fans to get excited about, especially considering that Ortiz's concept is to explore all of the controversies that make Guillen such a polarizing figure instead of brushing over that stuff and just concentrating on his World Series run. Guillen was just recently fired as the manager of the Miami Marlins after only one season, so perhaps by the time this film gets off the ground, it can be a redemption story instead of one with a relatively sad ending.