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Michael Keaton Plays 'Game 6'

10 Apr, 2006 By: Anne Sherber

Game 6, due on video May 16 from Hart Sharp Video, is the latest entry into that category of films that suggest baseball is a metaphor for life.

The story takes place on the night of game six of the 1986 World Series, a game notorious for the Red Sox's almost implausible loss. A fading playwright is torn between attending the opening night of his new play and watching the ball game.

The themes that wind through the low-budget ($500,000), quirky drama resonated with Michael Keaton (in the role of the playwright). Being “hot,” then “cool,” then “hot” again is something that Keaton knows all about.

“On one hand, this is not a person I know,” the actor said. “On the other hand, I totally know this guy.”

Although Keaton said he is not a rabid baseball fan, he noted that there “are some photos on the Internet of me at the Super Bowl that would probably be a little embarrassing.”

“I'm a big Steelers fan,” he said.

Keaton said Red Sox fans are different breed, however.

“Red Sox fanaticism is specific,” he said. “I haven't had to live with the infamous curse.”

Ultimately, Keaton said, he decided to do the film because of a small place in the back of his head that makes him “uncomfortable.”

“The thing that made me do it was, I thought, ‘I don't know if I can do this,' which is usually what gets me going,” he said.

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