Will Moneyball travel outside of the States? It’s a baseball movie…
"I knew, really, very little about baseball, besides taking one in the face when I was in junior high. And I didn’t spend a lot of time watching the sport. But I became obsessed with this book that was about these guys questioning a system and going up against a system, and what that took.
"You have to understand, this team was a team with a $40m dollar payroll, and they’re trying to compete with teams with $240m dollar payrolls. And it’s an unfair game. That’s the title of the book, How To Win An Unfair Game."
So it’s a universal ‘triumph of the underdog’ tale?
"These guys said, “We can’t fight the other guys’ fight. We have to question everything. We’ve got to search for new knowledge. We’ve got to re-examine the sport and where we place value.” In that process, they found great inefficiencies in how people were judged for merit.
"And they were able to exploit that and put together a formidable team and I think that ultimately the film is about that. It is about value and how we place value on people. What’s a winner, what’s a loser? These themes are universal."