Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has explained how he ended up with a speaking role alongside Brad Pitt in upcoming baseball movie Moneyball.
In the film Kotick plays the owner of baseball team Oakland Athletics, and he turns down a request for a bigger player budget from general manager Billy Beane, who's played by Pitt.
The exec told Reuters he's is a friend of director Bennett Miller (who also helmed Capote), and that he took the role in return for his pal agreeing to direct a short film for his company's non-profit Call of Duty Endowment, which helps US soldiers transition back into civilian life after service.
"We were having dinner and Bennett was talking about Moneyball and he asked me a little bit about an owner's psychology and what an owner would be like," Kotick said. "I started reading the script and I said, I really think the words don't capture how an owner would react to this part of the conversation.
"I also loved Michael Lewis' book Moneyball. We were having this back and forth and Bennett said 'why don't you do it? It would make the role very authentic.' And I said, 'I will, but only if you made my Call of Duty endowment movie.'"