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Jack Rico

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2012/11/20 at 12:00am

Exclusive: John Ortiz to do Ozzie Guillen biopic

Exclusive: John Ortiz to do Ozzie Guillen biopic

Puerto Rican actor John Ortiz, who can currently be seen in David O. Russell’s Oscar buzz film ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and who is known for his roles in ‘Miami Vice’ and ‘Fast and Furious,’ exclusively told ShowBizCafe.com that he is in the early stages of developing an Ozzie Guillen biopic baseball movie in the form of ‘Moneyball’. Guillen, the former Chicago White Sox manager who managed the team between 2004 to 2011, is considered one of the most controversial managers in recent baseball history. 

When we asked Ortiz if he was interested in directing anytime soon, he revealed he was working on a baseball movie:

“Ozzie Guillen and I are going to meet when I’m in Chicago. I don’t want to make a straight up baseball movie, but something along the lines of “Moneyball”. It’d be a lot more than just 9 guys on the baseball diamond. I want to do something where we focus on the profession of him being a baseball manager, how complex of a man he is, the culture, immigration, Chicago, Miami, [Fidel] Castro, there is so much there. I’m fascinated with him, I think he’s such a charismatic dude and people seem to love him or hate him. So I think he’d be a great subject for a movie.”

John Oriz in 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Ortiz, who plays Ronnie, a stressed-out married man in ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ is still unclear whether he will direct, produce or star in the film. It could be one of them or all of them, but he says he will have a better sense of his role in the movie as the project gets closer to pre-production. Ortiz would be perfect for the Guillen role since they have a similar look and Ortiz possesses the acting pedigree from the theater to give the character weight and credibility.  

For those who are unfamiliar with Ozzie Guillen, he is a well-known Venezuelan baseball player since his days as a top flight shortstop for the Chicago White Sox back in the 80’s and 90’s. But later in his career, he became a controversial and larger-than-life personality as the manager for the same team he played for, including the Miami Marlins earlier this year. Amongst his polemic on various issues, he called a Chicago Sun-Times columnist a homosexual slur, said Asian players are treated better than Latino players, and was quoted as loving Communist dictator Fidel Castro, which infuriated Cubans residing in Miami. Despite his quarrels with the press, Guillen is an accomplished baseball mind. In 2005, he became the first Latino manager in major league history to win a World Series.  

Ozzie Guillen

Ortiz made his film debut as Al Pacino’s young cousin ‘Guajiro’ in Carlito’s Way. He went on to appear in over 30 films including Pride and Glory, El Cantante, American Gangster, Before Night Falls, Amistad, Ransom, and Narc.

What other Latino baseball player do you guys think should have a movie based on their lives? Our money is on the Yankee’s Alex Rodriguez and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson should play him. Leave us your comments below.

Jack Rico

By

2008/10/13 at 12:00am

Win tickets to see the world premiere of Pride and Glory!

Win tickets to see the world premiere of Pride and Glory!

ShowBizCafe.com has your chance to win 2 VIP tickets to see the world premiere of “Pride and Glory”, this Wednesday, October 15th at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square at 68th st and Broadway. Edward Norton and Colin Farrell star with a great latin cast – John Ortiz, Manny Perez, Ramon Rodriguez, Rick Gonzalez, Maximiliano Hernández.

The first person to send us their name and email on the COMMENTS section below will receive 2 VIP tickets to see the world premiere of “Pride and Glory”.

Tickets will be available at the theater box office.

The tickets are only for two people and your seats will not be reserved. Please arrive early.

Pride and Glory is a saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family’s moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney (Edward Norton), investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law (Colin Farrell). For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora’s Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.

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Ed Norton y Colin Farrell,

This film is rated R. Please note: Passes received through this promotion do not guarantee you a seat at the theatre. Seating is on a first come first serve basis, except for members of the reviewing press. Theatre is overbooked to ensure a full house. No admittance once screening has begun. All federal, state and local regulations apply. A recipient of tickets assumes any and all risks related to use of ticket, and accepts any restrictions required by ticket provider. (Studio), (agency you’re working with), (your company and any partners involved with you), and their affiliates accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any loss or accident incurred in connection with use of a prize. Tickets cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash, in whole or in part. We are not responsible if, for any reason, winner is unable to use his/her ticket in whole or in part. Not responsible for lost; delayed or misdirected entries. All federal and local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Void where prohibited by law.

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and brief drug content.

Pride and Glory will be released October 24th.

PRIDE AND GLORY

Mack Chico

By

2008/10/09 at 12:00am

Pride and Glory – the 7 best scenes from the film

Pride and Glory - the 7 best scenes from the film

Gavin O’Connor, an unproven TV director, sets out to create the next “Serpico” with Ed Norton and Colin Farrell. Sounds like fluff to us Gavin. We’re watching the film this weekend and we’ll weigh in on your remarks. Cool thing is he casted some of the better Hispanic actors to play the thugs in this film which include Manny Perez, John Ortiz, Ramon Rodriguez and Rick Gonzalez. We hope it’s at least better than “We Own The Night” with Phoenix and Wahlberg.

This movie revolves around a saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family’s moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney (Edward Norton), investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law (Colin Farrell). For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora’s Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.

Pride and Glory is released on October 24th.

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