When I was invited to LA to attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Million Dollar Arm", I was super-excited. You see, my Grandma is a die-hard baseball fan, and during baseball season, you can almost be certain she's either watching or listening to the game, and often cussing at the Cleveland Indians players. (It's really cute to watch my Grandma react to the games. Maybe I should get a YouTube video of it...Hmm...That's a whole different post entirely, though!)
Anyway, between my Grandma's baseball obsession and my dear friend, Patty's, Jon Hamm obsession, I was more than a little geared up for this trip. Especially when I learned more about the inspirational, real-life story that "Million Dollar Arm" is adapted to.
"Million Dollar Arm" follows the story of J.B. Bernstein (played by Jon Hamm), a struggling sports agent who is looking to introduce the next big thing to the world of sports. It took a bit of brainstorming, but Bernstein came up with an idea that had never been attempted before. He wanted to travel to India to find the next star pitcher for Major League Baseball.
There would be a country-wide competition to see who could throw the fastest and most accurate pitches. Keep in mind, the boys and young men in India had never heard of American baseball, let along thrown a ball. Most of the folks who tried out hadn't even been outside of their rural farming villages. The winner would receive $100,000 American dollars, and both the winner and runner up would travel to Los Angeles, California to train and hopefully attract the attention of Major League talent scouts....All within a 1 year time frame.
Impossible? Well, you'll just have to watch the movie to find out! Let me just say that while Mr. Bernstein was looking solely at the dollar signs, he ended up taking away so much more from this experience. In fact, he ended up a changed man altogether.
We got the chance to interview the ever-so-dreamy Jon Hamm and find out all about his take on this heartwarming story, his travels to India, and what it was like to play the real-life sports agent, J.B. Bernstein, of Seven Figures Management.
The first thing I noticed when Jon Hamm came into the Hollywood Hills Room in the fabulous Lowe's Hollywood Hotel was definitely his hair. This man has absolutely perfect, 100% flawless hair. Or a really great stylist. Probably both, actually. It literally took me a couple minutes to get over how amazing his hair was. (What can I say, I am definitely a lover of some nice hair!) The rest of him wasn't too bad, either. I could definitely see why my gal-pal, Patty, is so enamored of him. Plus, Mr. Hamm is a die-hard baseball fan himself, and roots for the St. Louis Cardinals, his home team. This makes his role as JB Bernstein all the more perfect!
I know, I know...I should stop my fan-girl rambling and share some of our exclusive interview with you all! To check out our exclusive interview, CLICK HERE.