Film Notes: Strand to screen movie about Roberto Clemente
August 8, 2013 4:00 AM
By Barbara Vancheri Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Baseball's Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories," celebrating the Pirates superstar right fielder, will premiere Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 at the Strand Theater, 119 N. Main St. in Zelienople.
Billed as "an unauthorized chronicle of the life of Roberto Clemente," the film dramatizes how the Hall of Famer faced and overcame a racist media, dedicated himself to serving the poor and died in a plane crash en route to Nicaragua to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in 1972.
Olympic athlete Jamie Nieto plays Roberto Clemente; Marilinda Rivera is his wife, Vera Clemente; Isaac Bar-Jonah tries to duplicate Manny Sanguillen's smile and skills as a catcher; Ryan T. Husk portrays Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski; Charles Hoyes, Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh; and writer-director Richard Rossi is the character Birddog.
The 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 showing is nearly sold out but tickets remain for the 2 p.m. Aug. 17 screening. Call the box office at 724-742-0400 Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m. or go to www.thestrandtheater.org for a link to order tickets, $7.
Mr. Rossi, who was 9 years old when Clemente died and has a growing collection of memorabilia, grew up in Pittsburgh but now lives in Hollywood with his wife of 29 years, Sherrie, and two children.
In the 1990s, he was entangled in a well-publicized case involving an attack on his wife that ended in a mistrial. After moving West, he pursued his interest in acting and filmmaking and directed "Sister Aimee: The Aimee Semple McPherson Story" about the early 20th century's glamorous, scandal-plagued evangelist in 2006.
In 2011, he released a coming-of-age novel, "Stick Man," about a boy growing up in a bohemian household, with an accompanying musical soundtrack, and started shooting his film about Clemente.
• "The Fault in Our Stars" is looking for female stand-ins for the movie shooting Aug. 26 to Oct. 6 in Pittsburgh.
The descriptions appear to match Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley and applicants need to be available during 12- to 14-hour weekdays, be highly reliable and responsible and have a car.
A notice posted on the Pitttsburgh Film Office website says the movie needs a Caucasian blonde (or someone willing to dye her hair) who is 5-feet-9 to 5-feet-11, weighs 130 to 150 pounds, has pale skin and is between ages 30 to 52.
Also needed is a Caucasian brunette (or someone willing to dye her hair), 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-91/2 inches, weighing approximately 105 to 123 pounds, with pale skin and be between 18 to 30 years old.
If you fit either of those descriptions, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a current picture, contact information, age, height and weight. Acting resumes may be submitted but experience is not required.
Nancy Mosser Casting is handling stand-ins, photo doubles and extras for the film but has not announced any other details.
The film office, by the way, reminds people interested in any casting calls to never agree to pay anyone for auditions or jobs.
• Christopher McQuarrie, the writer-director of "Jack Reacher," will reunite with Tom Cruise for the next "Mission: Impossible."
Mr. McQuarrie, who spent months here shooting "Jack Reacher" and returned for the scaled down premiere at the SouthSide Works Cinema, tweeted the news with "Mission accepted." Mr. Cruise previously agreed to return as Ethan Hunt.