Joe Mazzello dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Thursday night to discuss “Undrafted,” which, in a nutshell, tells the story of 12 friends trying to win an intramural baseball game. Mazzello, who has appeared in a number of movies, including Jurassic Park, The Pacific and The Social Network, wrote, acted in and directed Undrafted.
Scott Ferrall, who saw the movie, thought it was a little cheesy in the beginning but felt it turned out to be a great film that makes you think.
“I’m happy to hear you say that because that’s what I was going for,” Mazzello said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “To describe this world, it is kind of crass. When a bunch of guys are with each other, it’s very different than when any women are around. I wanted to kind of capture that and make it interesting and make you kind of wonder what that life is like and kind of make you want to be a part of it, or have it remind you of these kind of silly, stupid summer intramural leagues where you just go to play and stay in shape. It really is trying to speak to people who have ever played any sport in their lives.”
The movie made Ferrall realize just how much personal athletic accomplishments matter, even in leagues or games that no one knows or cares about aside from the dozen or so people who participated in them.
“It’s all these guys that didn’t get drafted,” said Mazzello, who plays Pat Murray in the movie. “One guy maybe thought he should have, a lot of guys thought he should have, but they’re playing in this stupid game and they’re kind of having this existential crisis about why did we spend 15 years wasting our lives on something that gives us nothing back? And I think because of that, this game and this league takes on this significance, this importance in their life as this transitional moment, and they kind of rally around the game.”