During a press conference held last month we had the opportunity to talk to the key players of the film by Disney, Million Dollar Arm. Some of the cast in attendance wereÂ producer Joe Roth and Gordon Gray, Lake Bell, Jon Hamm and the people the film was based on JB Bernstein and Rinku Singh.
Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things arenâ€™t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseballâ€™s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called â€œThe Million Dollar Arm.â€
With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from â€œSlumdog Millionaireâ€) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from â€œLife of Piâ€), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.
Million Dollar ArmÂ stars Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin. The film arrives in theaters this Friday, May 16. A special screening will be held tonight May 10 in selectÂ theaters.