Moneyballer: Superfat Actor Can’t Have My Name

I’ve less than no interest in Hollywood’s hilariously impossible attempt to captureĀ  Moneyball as a feature film - until now. Bad enough we’re required to buy Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, but now comes this newly-released photo of former A’s manager Art Howe being played by … wait for itPhilip Seymour Hoffman.

Art Howe and Philip Seymour Hoffman

(Works for me!)

It gets better. Much, MUCH better.

Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse reports this week that despite no previous protests from former assistant A’s GM Paul DePodesta during years of production prepping for the movie, DePodesta suddenly this week demanded that his name be ripped from the film’s script.

The reason:

Jonah Hill, best known for playing a chubby, sex-crazed teenager in “Superbad,” and other similar characters, was cast in the role of former A’s assistant GM Paul DePodesta. DePodesta, a wiry Harvard grad who would later become GM of the Dodgers, didn’t care for the casting, so he asked that his name be removed from the character, who is now “Peter Brand.”

(DePodesta clarified to FanHouse on Wednesday. Meaning no offense to Hill, he simply felt that the character was fictitious, and only loosely based on him. “At the end of the day, I just wasn’t comfortable with my name on a fictitious character,” DePodesta wrote in an email.)

Jonah Hill as Paul DePodesta

For the notoriously indelicate DePodesta, the former Dodger GM’s faux diplomacy in refusing to be played by a “chubby, sex-crazed teenager” is an absolute delight.

The thought of watching a eminently miscast Hoffman stumble around the dugout as Howe and DePodesta cringing as a sweaty Hill spews sabermetrics already has me in a queueing mood.