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Jonah Hill steps in for Demetri Martin in Moneyball

03.09.2010
Here's a weird one. According to ESPN, Demetri Martin has dropped out of director Bennett Miller's MONEYBALL. Replacing the beanpole comedian will be rotund funny guy Jonah Hill.

Hill would be stepping into the role of Paul DePodesta. DePodesta, currently part of the San Diego Padres front-office, was in 1999 an assistant to Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (to be played by Brad Pitt) who together implemented the analytical principles of "sabermetrics" that helped the A's build a competitive team on the cheap.

MONEYBALL has a somewhat interesting history. Steven Soderbergh was set to direct at one point and was just days away from shooting when he suddenly got canned for unconfirmed reasons. He was replaced by Bennett Miller (CAPOTE). On the writing front, the film was going off a Steve Zaillian (AMERICAN GANGSTER, SCHINDLER'S LIST) script before another A-List writer was brought on to rewrite: Aaron Sorkin (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, A FEW GOOD MEN). According to IMDb, other writers have had a hand in the screenplay, though it's not really clear if they came in on the Zaillian script or the Sorkin rewrite.

Hill's involvement has been said to be a move to appeal to a broader audience, though when your lead is Brad Pitt (who's somehow managed to stay on board throughout all these changes), I think your film's appeal is about as broad as it's gonna get.
Extra Tidbit: Here's a snapshot of Paul DePodesta - who couldn't possibly look any less like Jonah Hill - with former Los Angeles Dodger Derek Lowe.

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8:30PM on 03/09/2010
Thumbs down for Dimitri Martin's bad career move and Jonah Hill not looking anything like DePodesta
Thumbs down for Dimitri Martin's bad career move and Jonah Hill not looking anything like DePodesta
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5:21PM on 03/09/2010
Brad Pitt must really want to make this for some reason cause he would be getting offers daily to jump ship and do something else,he must see something in the story
Brad Pitt must really want to make this for some reason cause he would be getting offers daily to jump ship and do something else,he must see something in the story
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4:37PM on 03/09/2010

ummmmmm

this dude is just annoying
this dude is just annoying
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2:06PM on 03/09/2010
They should get Colbert to play him instead.
They should get Colbert to play him instead.
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1:00PM on 03/09/2010
Good. Not that Jonah Hill is the funniest person around but Demetri Martin might be one of the most unlikeable and obnoxiously unfunny people ever allowed to have a career in comedy.
Good. Not that Jonah Hill is the funniest person around but Demetri Martin might be one of the most unlikeable and obnoxiously unfunny people ever allowed to have a career in comedy.
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2:04PM on 03/09/2010
Demetri Martin is funnier than most comedians out there.
Demetri Martin is funnier than most comedians out there.
8:54PM on 03/09/2010
That's fine if you like him I'm just unusually annoyed by this guy and his hipster humor.
That's fine if you like him I'm just unusually annoyed by this guy and his hipster humor.
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11:37AM on 03/09/2010
Jonah Hill is funny?

When the hell did this happen?!?
Jonah Hill is funny?

When the hell did this happen?!?
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11:17AM on 03/09/2010

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Looks more like him, I think.
Looks more like him, I think.
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9:56AM on 03/09/2010

wow

My interest in this has dropped significantly
My interest in this has dropped significantly
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9:07AM on 03/09/2010
that was a dumb move on martin's part...
that was a dumb move on martin's part...
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6:54AM on 03/09/2010

Paul Depodesta is not...

morbidly obese. I'd be really insulted, i highly doubt Jonah is gonna crash diet for this role. Still can't believe this is being made. Will it be in 3d??!?!?!?
morbidly obese. I'd be really insulted, i highly doubt Jonah is gonna crash diet for this role. Still can't believe this is being made. Will it be in 3d??!?!?!?
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