Report: Ben Stiller Almost Made Movie With Mike Piazza In Early 2000s
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Oh man, how great would this have been?
According to Splitsider.com, a website that “covers movies, TV shows, web videos, books and any other format that exists to make you laugh,” a script was written in the early 2000s that would have featured comedian/actor Ben Stiller and Mets legend Mike Piazza.
Yes, it does indeed sound ridiculous. And fantastic.
In “The Script Pile“ column, which is a “biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen,” the website explains what the film’s premise would have been.
Stiller was set to play a man who grew up on the same day as Piazza and was classmates with him. Oh, and Piazza was set to play himself! Back to the movie, Stiller grew to hate Piazza for many reasons and became determined to exact his revenge.
“The draft of the script I have opens on superstar catcher Mike Piazza playing a game for the New York Mets in 1998 when a naked guy runs onto the field,” Bradford Evans of Splitsider wrote. ”With the words “Piazza sucks” painted across his chest and “Piazza can kiss my a–” on his back (with an arrow downward, of course), the naked guy screams at Piazza.
“He kicks dirt at him and avoids security while the crowd cheers him on. We freeze frame and hear a voiceover: “Wait, maybe I should start from the beginning…”
If only this had been filmed.
Oh, the film’s working title was “Go To Hell, Mike Piazza.” And for good measure, the great Tommy Lasorda would have made a cameo at the end of the film.
Would this have been a hit at the box office? Unfortunately, we’ll never know. But more importantly, would you have gone to see it?
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