Josh Duhamel is giving one of baseball's most outspoken players the big screen treatment with help from the creators of Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The film, Spaceman, chronicles the fast life and faster times of MLB pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee, one of baseball’s all-time eccentrics.
If you need a brush-up on your MLB lore, Lee’s initial fame grew from his athletic career. He was an All-Star for the Boston Red Sox, now sits in the team's Hall of Fame, and holds the club record for most games pitched by a southpaw (321). But the infamy came from his wild, unfiltered personality. After being traded to the Montreal Expos, he said of the Red Sox, "Who wants to be with a team that will go down in history alongside the '64 Phillies and the '67 Arabs?” Three years later, he was promptly cut from the Montreal Expos after staging a one-game walkout as a protest of the team's decision to release second baseman and friend Rodney Scott. Seen more as a character than a pitcher, Lee found himself blackballed by the rest of the league for his outspoken politics (his views described as “somewhere to the left of Che Guevara”) and notoriously enthusiastic drug use.
It may not make for the most pristine athletic career, but it should make for good entertainment. Josh Duhamel stars in the film as well as serves as an executive producer alongside Oscar-nominee Ron Shelton, former Dodgers Cy Young Award Winner Eric Gagne, and Ben Lyons. The film is set for release in theaters August 19, and will also be available on Amazon Instant Video, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Google Play, iTunes, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Vudu, and Xbox.