Posted by Staff in Sep 04,2016 with No Comments
Josh Duhamel is bringing the life and legacy of former Red Sox star Bill Lee to the big screen with his new film Spaceman. The indie comedy chronicles the outspoken and fan-favorite pitcher’s journey after his departure from the Expos and being blackballed by Major League Baseball. Ahead, Duhamel explains what it was like to play “Spaceman,” why Lee reminds the actor of his Las Vegas co-star James Caan, and the challenges of keeping up with Mark Wahlberg on the set of Transformers: The Last Knight.
Since Lee is such a character, was it fun getting the chance to play him?
It was a little intimidating, actually, in the beginning because he is such an original character and such a unique personality. There’s a reason why he was so beloved in Boston and Montreal. That’s just the way he was. You spend a few minutes with the guy and you understand why. He reminds me of James Caan in a way. When I worked with James, he got himself in trouble a lot because he would act before he thought a lot. That’s kind of what Bill did. It got him into trouble and ultimately got him blackballed from baseball. But you know when he felt something, he felt it 100 percent. In his mind, he was standing up for his buddies.
Was getting into the mind of such an eccentric personality the most difficult part of the role?
That was probably the biggest challenge. The pitching part wasn’t as hard because I played sports my whole life as part of my upbringing. So that part wasn’t as difficult as it was really trying to get inside his head, understanding his points of view on things. Even more than that, it was understanding that this particular moment in his life is not something that he looks back on fondly. This is a really rough stretch in his life.
You recently reposted a photo on Instagram of you and “Spaceman,” accompanied by #LeeDuhamel2016. Would you ever run for a political office with Lee?
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