How did Bobby Kotick, the CEO of the largest video game company in the United States, end up with a speaking role alongside Brad Pitt in the upcoming movie Moneyball?
In the baseball-meets-math flick based on the bestseller by Michael Lewis, Kotick plays a convincing owner of the Oakland Athletics, at least for the three seconds he is seen in the trailer (see clip above starting at 17 seconds).
When Brad Pitt, playing general manager Billy Beane, comes into his office asking him for a bigger budget to buy players, Kotick says, “we’re not in New York. Find players with the money we do have.”
Sounds a bit like the real-life Kotick who trimmed down Activision Blizzard – known for popular games like Black Ops — into a leaner organization focused on its top games.
Turns out Kotick is a friend of director Bennett Miller (who also directed Capote) and was trying to get him to direct a short film for his company’s non-profit, The Call Of Duty Endowment, which helps soldiers adapt to civilian careers after military service.