First Look: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe in Moneyball

August 4, 2010
Source: The Playlist, Facebook

Philip Seymour Hoffman

In his great line of work we've already seen the incomparable Philip Seymour Hoffman as a diabolical man of terrorism (in Mission Impossible 3), a flamboyant iconic author (Capote) and a crazed storm chaser (Twister). Now, thanks to a Facebook page (via The Playlist), we have our first look at Hoffman as Oakland A's manager Art Howe in Bennett Miller's adaptation of Moneyball. Suffice it to say, sitting in the dugout with a big chunk of chew under his lips (maybe it's Big League Chew) Hoffman looks just like your average baseball manager even if he doesn't look like Howe in real life - who was originally going to play himself.

This is a very early, unofficial first look, so it's really all we've got for now, but we'll keep you all updated!

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Moneyball Photo

Moneyball centers on Billy Beane (Brad Pitt - no photos yet), general manager of the Oakland Athletics, who used sophisticated computer analysis systems to piece together a baseball team that regularly contended for the World Series, despite possessing a payroll dramatically lower than big market rivals like the New York Yankees. Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt and Kathryn Morris round out the cast working from Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. There's a good chance we could see this get some awards attention after the film is released in 2011, and if not, certainly baseball fans should find something to enjoy in it. Stay tuned to the Moneyball Facebook page for new photos from the set as the shooting continues. Thoughts, sports fans?

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How is the guy sitting next to him not freaking out!? I would totally be OMG-ing and texting frantically! Can't wait to see this.

Xerxex on Aug 4, 2010


Well Ethan, you're obviously not a baseball fan. During Billy Beane's run as GM, the A's have made it to the playoffs five times. Lost every series, four straight in the American League division series from 2000-2003 (where the heart of this book came from) and made it to the AL Championship Series in 2006...where they were swept in four games. They haven't made the playoffs in four years now and listening to Billy Beane, you woulda thought he invented the game himself. The book was a great read but to most baseball fans, we realize that Beane had a nice run. Why not write a book about the Minnesota Twins then? They've made the playoffs five of the past eight seasons despite having a very similar payroll to the A's.

reactstick on Aug 4, 2010


So in conclusion, no, they did not regularly compete for the World Series.

reactstick on Aug 4, 2010


@ #2 reactstick, You caught me. The mention of World Series contention is a part of the logline that's going around when this project is brought up in the news (and if they're playing in the MLB, I guess they're always kind of regularly contending for the World Series). I'm not a big sports guy at all really (I chose speech and debate in high school instead), so I rely on the Internet to keep me in check on the sports front. Thanks for correcting and informing without coming off like a complete jackass. I know I can be sarcastic but I really do appreciate your candor. Cheers!

Ethan Anderton on Aug 5, 2010


I still have no idea what this film will be about. I have read the book and don't see it translating to the silver screen very well at all. It will probably end up being like 21, very good book but the story was changed drastically for the film. Also, Jonah Hill as Paul Depodesta...WTF!?!

Adam on Aug 5, 2010


Adam I agree with you.....the story may involve more baseball banter with the action taking on the story with the game itself. ( I guess??!!) Jonah HHill....seriously??? I just do not get his casting. There are alot of chubby kids that can act. Hill is not one of those. And playing Depodesta???? wtf is right!

Clover on Aug 5, 2010


Does Phil S. Hoffman have Downe's syndrome?

Telltale Twin on Aug 5, 2010


lol...Philip Seymour Hoffman looks a little like Buck Showalter.


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