Eastwood brings ‘Baby’ into world

Helmer champions boxing pic's underdog status

NEW YORK — The filmmakers at Sunday’s Museum of Modern Art preem of “Million Dollar Baby” said they were comfortable with the pic’s under-the-radar position going into awards season.

“We want people to discover the film themselves,” said exec producer Rob Lorenz. “Not force it on the market.”

Helmer-star Clint Eastwood said his female boxing saga has had an undercard status since its inception.

“It was one of those movies the studio wasn’t begging to do,” Eastwood said. “We had to twist the crank a little.”

Among those at the pre-screening reception on MoMA’s mezzanine were Warner’s Richard Parsons, Barry Meyer, Alan Horn, Jeff Robinov and Dawn Taubin; plus guests including James Woods, Kevin Bacon and Andy Garcia.

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