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Jonah Hill makes dramatic debut in 'Moneyball'

09/24/2011

Jonah Hill is not known for being a serious actor, but the comedy mainstay made his dramatic debut opposite Brad Pitt in the new baseball drama "Moneyball."

"It's just incredible," Hill told reporters at the Oakland premiere, in an interview provided by Columbia Pictures. "This whole scenario has been very surreal and dream-like. I look at the poster and see my name up there between Brad [Pitt] and Phillip [Seymour] Hoffman's names and it's just, I don't know, for this to be my first drama and for this to be my introduction to people and have it be this type of movie and how good it is, I just feel very lucky."

"Moneyball" hit theaters on Friday, September 23 and is based on a true story. Pitt plays Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, who utilizes a new method of scouting players that mostly involves analyzing game statistics. Hill portrays his assistant, Peter Brand, while Hoffman plays the team's manager, Art Howe.

The cast returned to Oakland for the premiere, which was held at the Paramount Theater and they did press interviews at the Oakland Coliseum, where the Oakland A's play.

Though the film, which is based off of a book of the same name, deals with baseball, Hill insisted that it is hardly about the sport itself.

"I think it's important that everyone who sees it who is not a sports fan, to me says it's a movie about underdogs and a movie about being undervalued and not a movie about baseball," Hill said. "It uses baseball as a beautiful aesthetic backdrop and that's about it."

Hill recently told David Letterman on "The Late Show with David Letterman" that Pitt pranked him by turning his on-set golf cart into a tribute to the 1980s pop duo Wham!.

"Everyone works with some big movie star and they try to kiss their butt or whatever when they're on TV," Hill told the veteran talk show host before admitting, "(Pitt) is genuinely is a wonderful, charismatic, intelligent, talented man. He also is incredibly skilled at pranking people."

Hill worked for his friend's brother, folding boxes, before he caught his big acting break with David O. Russell's 2004 film "I Heart Huckabees," which stars Dustin Hoffman. Hill later starred in Judd Apatow's comedy films "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" and had leading roles in "Superbad" and the 2010 film "Get Him to the Greek," which starred Russell Brand and Diddy.

The 27-year-old actor has a new animated series on Fox called "Allen Gregory" which he created and provides a voice for the main character. The show is set to debut on the network on October 30.

"Moneyball" was released on September 23. Watch a trailer below.

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