Whole new ballgame

Pic stars batter up

“Benchwarmers” preemed Sunday afternoon at the Village Theater with a pre-screening softball game between the pic’s cast and, in one exec’s words, “real actual kids, not celebrity kids, real actual kids.”

The game was played on a UCLA field where the kids beat the cast 13-8. If the game had a sub-plot, it was the thesps’ desire to appear like competent ballplayers (no actor willingly looks bad before a crowd) but still have the kids win.

As for his pic, helmer Dennis Dugan said: “I tried not to make a baseball movie but shoot in such a way that baseball was the environment, but not what the movie’s about.”

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