SBD/July 29, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Olbermann, Patrick Have Fun Trying To Cast Movie Based On ESPN Book

Syndicated radio host DAN PATRICK appeared on KEITH OLBERMANN's new Current TV show Thursday night, and the two former "SportsCenter" anchors had some fun trying to cast a movie version of “Those Guys Have All the Fun,” the book that chronicles the history of ESPN. Fox has secured the feature film rights to the book written by JIM MILLER and TOM SHALES, and Olbermann said, “Before we cast it, I have to ask you the broader question: A movie with people playing us. Who in the hell is going to go see that?” Patrick: “I did wonder about it, but I was trying to think if they’re going to base this on ‘The Social Network,’ with how they showed that in the embroyonic stages, at least you had somebody who you either liked or didn’t like with MARK ZUCKERBERG. I’ve been told that they’re going to look at the mid-’90s because we had -- thanks to you -- tension in the building.” Olbermann sarcastically asked, “How come nobody told me we had tension in the building? I didn’t know.” Patrick: “I tried to tell you about 17, 18 times, but you wouldn’t listen.” Patrick suggested RYAN GOSLING depict former ESPN anchor CRAIG KILBORN, to which Olbermann said, “That’s a great idea, but he’s too talented.” Olbermann said "any adult film star" could play anchor STEVE LEVY, while Patrick said he and Olbermann could be played by JASON BATEMAN and BEN AFFLECK. Olbermann said, “We’re going to get Affleck for $8 million for a bit part in this movie?” Patrick: “This would be one of those career-defining moments for Affleck” (“Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” Current TV, 7/28).
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