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Disney to put Jon Hamm's Million Dollar Arm up against Godzilla next Summer

Aug. 19, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Jon Hamm is one of my favorite actors working today and I am still baffled that he hasn't been headlining more films. From his epic turn as Don Draper on MAD MEN to great turns in BRIDESMAIDS, THE TOWN, and Larry David's recent HBO film CLEAR HISTORY, Hamm has proven he can handle anything from comic hijinks to heavy drama. While he may not be a superhero yet (give this guy Batman already!), he is on his way to big screen top billing. His first real test as the lead for a big studio film will be in Disney's MILLION DOLLAR ARM which just got put against Warner Bros. GODZILLA remake next May.

MILLION DOLLAR ARM is a sports movie along the same lines of THE ROOKIE, REMEMBER THE TITANS, and INVINCIBLE. Disney loves these underdog films and they tend to do well at the box office. But MILLION DOLLAR ARM is a bit different than the rest. Here's the synopsis:

It is based on the true story of sports agent JB Bernstein (Hamm) and his partner (Mandvi) who are facing shutting down their office until JB gets a brainstorm: Million Dollar Arm, an American Idol-like reality show designed to find the first major league baseball player from cricket-crazy India. They discover Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who eventually became the first Indian pros when they signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates but not before Bernstein had to teach them as much about American culture and speaking English as he did the rules of baseball.

MILLION DOLLAR ARM could easily be a feel good drama or could be an inspirational comedy along the lines of COOL RUNNINGS. Coming from director Craig Gillespie, who also helmed MR. WOODCOCK, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, FRIGHT NIGHT, and THE DALLAS BUYER'S CLUB, it remains to be seen which direction it will go. I just hope that the world finally gets a good look at Jon Hamm and lobbies for him to get a comic book movie of his very own.

MILLION DOLLAR ARM also stars Bill Paxton, LIFE OF PIs Suraj Sharma and Asiv Mandvi. It opens on May 16, 2014.

Source: Deadline

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10:35AM on 08/20/2013

With Cranston in Godzilla,

it looks like we'll have another clash of the AMC heavyweights. Could be a good weekend at the movies.
it looks like we'll have another clash of the AMC heavyweights. Could be a good weekend at the movies.
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8:14PM on 08/19/2013
Will watch anything with Hamm in it. The guy absolutely owns on Mad Men and it's a shame he hasn't won an Emmy yet for his work. Can't wait to see the guy in more films and yes, he would make for the ultimate Batman even though he doesn't want to be involved in comic book films. Would love to see him change his mind though.
Will watch anything with Hamm in it. The guy absolutely owns on Mad Men and it's a shame he hasn't won an Emmy yet for his work. Can't wait to see the guy in more films and yes, he would make for the ultimate Batman even though he doesn't want to be involved in comic book films. Would love to see him change his mind though.
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3:45PM on 08/19/2013
Teaching native Americans about America.... Yay.
Teaching native Americans about America.... Yay.
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4:39PM on 08/19/2013
It's real Indians not the Christopher Columbus American Indians.
It's real Indians not the Christopher Columbus American Indians.
7:05PM on 08/19/2013
And this is exactly why education in America is very important.
And this is exactly why education in America is very important.
8:19PM on 08/19/2013
It says India in the story summary! You picked up on teaching them about America but not on them being from India... Unless you think India is a place in America where all the "Indians" live.
It says India in the story summary! You picked up on teaching them about America but not on them being from India... Unless you think India is a place in America where all the "Indians" live.
3:31PM on 08/19/2013
Damn, Hamm as Batman never even crossed my mind. I like it, a lot.

But seeing as how the kids would rather a see a younger, action hero type of Bats again, instead of an older, world class detective type...
Damn, Hamm as Batman never even crossed my mind. I like it, a lot.

But seeing as how the kids would rather a see a younger, action hero type of Bats again, instead of an older, world class detective type...
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3:17PM on 08/19/2013
I could see him as the new Tony Stark rather than Batman
I could see him as the new Tony Stark rather than Batman
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8:12PM on 08/19/2013
Could easily see that. I could also see Timothy Olyphant in the part too.
Could easily see that. I could also see Timothy Olyphant in the part too.
3:39AM on 08/20/2013
This is actually the first time someone has mentioned an Iron Man replacement that I didn't disagree with.
This is actually the first time someone has mentioned an Iron Man replacement that I didn't disagree with.
10:36AM on 08/20/2013
As much as I like Hamm, I really like the Olyphant idea...
As much as I like Hamm, I really like the Olyphant idea...
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2:44PM on 08/19/2013

Godzilla will crush this

And him as Batman? Maybe if he spent 6 months in the gym and pulled a Daniel Craig - Bond transformation
And him as Batman? Maybe if he spent 6 months in the gym and pulled a Daniel Craig - Bond transformation
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3:05PM on 08/19/2013
I wouldn't bet against a feel-good sports movie unless I had James Cameron in the other corner.
I wouldn't bet against a feel-good sports movie unless I had James Cameron in the other corner.
3:26PM on 08/19/2013
Chances are whoever gets cast is going to have to bulk up
Chances are whoever gets cast is going to have to bulk up
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