Chris Dunn told WMAZ-TV that when he heard about the tryouts in Atlanta, he posted it on Facebook for all his players to see.
“And you know nobody believed me, didn’t think Clint Eastwood was coming to town to be in a baseball movie, and of course it was true,” he said.
Dunn and Brian Wilkerson attended the tryouts in Atlanta. Dunn was cast as coach of the Intimidators ball team and Wilkerson as their starting pitcher.
“I showed up and did a little pitching and an interview on camera and just got an email a couple of weeks after saying I got the part of the starting pitcher,” Wilkerson said.
Eastwood plays an aging baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves who takes his daughter on a scouting trip. He watches a hitter on the Rome Braves while they play the Intimidators.
Wilkerson said he spent hours getting his pitching scene right during the filming in March in Macon. He was pitching to Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood. Wilkerson threw fastballs and curve balls and won the game with three fastballs.
Dunn was pleased with his friend’s pitching. “Good fastballs, down the middle, swing and miss, and the game was over,” he said.
The two gathered with friends and family before the movie’s opening Friday evening to recount their experiences and try some Eastwood imitations.