Thursday, September 29, 2005

Bill Paxton: The Greatest Golf Fan Ever?

FORT WORTH, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Bill Paxton hopes to do for golf what he did for twisters and the Titanic.

Paxton is the director of The Greatest Game Ever Played, a new film about former golfer Francis Ouimet, who won the 1913 U.S. Open despite being an underdog amateur.

It’s a story that appeals to Paxton, mainly because he grew up near a golf course in Fort Worth, Texas, and earned a reputation as “a club rat.”

But while the characters of the story were important to Paxton, he felt a higher calling: Giving golf “the cinematic treatment it deserves.”

As a result, Paxton spent months planning every shot, including “ball’s-eye view,” “ant’s-eye view,” vertigo shots and, he adds, “every crazy effect we could think of.”

The Greatest Game Ever Played, which stars Shia LaBeouf, opens in theaters tomorrow (Sep. 30).

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