Moneyball will hit theaters Friday, as perhaps the most anticipated sports movie in Hollywood history. Brad Pitt will portray Billy Beane, having been linked with the role from the beginning and having personally helped the film survive several near-abortions, rewrites and delays.
Pitt is a stud actor, a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale for the industry. He can do it all, and he looks to have put together a really compelling character here. The movie should be well worth the price of admission, and Pitt's performance is bound to be lots of fun.
But what if it weren't Pitt? What if the project's developers had chosen a different path? The movie might never have been made, of course. But if it had, could it have been as good (or even better) with someone else playing the Oakland Athletics GM? It says here that it could.
Here are eight men who should have played Beane, or at least gotten a long look from the studio.