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THE MOVIE: Mr. 3000

THE STARS:
Bernie Mac • Angela Bassett • Brian White
DIRECTOR: Charles Stone III

Milwaukee Brewers General Manager, Schembri (Chris Noth) and Stan Ross (Bernie Mac) THE CONCEPT:
When egotistical, cocky baseball player Stan Ross batted his 3,000th hit, assuring his place in the Hall of Fame, he instantly gave up the game, leaving his teammates in the lurch. Years later, it is discovered that Ross only batted 2,997 hits! Can the middle-aged man come out of retirement and bat those three remaining hits?

U.S. RELEASE: September 17 2004, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

BERNIE MAC:
“I knew playing Stan Ross would bring my game up another notch and put me in a place where I could really work my acting chops and dig deep into a character. This movie gives me an opportunity to show my love for what I do. I was also moved by the themes of the story. It’s about teamwork, it’s about change and it’s about becoming the person you never thought you could be. It’s about asking what’s it all about in the end? And to me, it’s all about the joy in life and that’s what the film captures.”

ANGELA BASSETT (Mo):
“Bernie is highly professional and extraordinarily talented. I just loved working with him. Sometimes I find with comedians, that when they’re on, that’s what we’re used to seeing, but when they’re not on, then they’re more serious and don’t joke. With Bernie, he’s just easy. He loves to have folk and family around him, he loves to take care of people, he loves to make sure you’re happy. He doesn’t like to have any injustice on the set – anyone mistreated. He’s got a big heart.”

BRIAN WHITE (T-Rex):
“I know guys like my character T-Rex - he’s a very real person. There are a lot of examples in professional sports of guys that focus on themselves first and the team is an afterthought.”

MAC:
“Bernie is highly professional and extraordinarily talented. I just loved working with him. Sometimes I find with comedians, that when they’re on, that’s what we’re used to seeing, but when they’re not on, then they’re more serious and don’t joke. With Bernie, he’s just easy. He loves to have folk and family around him, he loves to take care of people, he loves to make sure you’re happy. He doesn’t like to have any injustice on the set – anyone mistreated. He’s got a big heart.”

BRIAN WHITE (T-Rex):
“I know guys like my character T-Rex - he’s a very real person. There are a lot of examples in professional sports of guys that focus on themselves first and the team is an afterthought.”

MAC:
“Angela brings a perfect combination of polish and brass to the role. She’s so unique in her style I thought she made the perfect Mo, especially because she’s such a sophisticated, strong woman character who has a kind of smoldering sexiness. I’ve always thought if you want to be your best you have to play with the best, so I was very pleased that Angela took the role.”

BASSETT:
“You don’t have to be a baseball aficionado to watch this film or be in it. It’s about so many other things. It’s about second chances, and a second chance is a very human experience and that’s what I was attracted to.”

BRIAN WHITE:
“Bernie is the funniest human being I’ve ever been around. It’s effortless. He couldn’t be more opposite from Stan Ross. We were at the stadium one day with 35,000 people (extras) and he tried to stay there until the light cut out, trying to shake everybody’s hand and thank them for coming. He’s an inspiration to me.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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