It hasn’t taken long for people to step up to the plate for “Bull Durham.”
The Brooklyn Academy of Music is the latest to offer to stage the 15th-anni tribute nixed this month by the baseball Hall of Fame for political reasons. Stars Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Robert Wuhl will attend, as will helmer Ron Shelton and others.
Producer Thom Mount says many entities have offered to hold the event, which hall prexy Dale Petroskey scotched for fear that Robbins and Sarandon would voice anti-war views. Another hopeful was a restored theater in downtown Durham, N.C., location for the pic.
Petroskey, who worked in the White House press office under Ronald Reagan, canned the planned celebratory screening, citing his belief that the acting duo’s “public criticism of President Bush helps undermine the U.S. position, which ultimately could put our troops in even more danger” (Variety, April 14-20). He has since conceded mishandling the situation.
Robbins RSVP’d for the BAM event in a decidedly less political tone.
“From Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges and Sandy Koufax to the (current minor league team) Cyclones, Brooklyn’s glorious baseball heritage makes it a fitting place for the ‘Bull Durham’ celebration.”