Have you been following the development of this baseball drama Trouble With the Curve? It started out as just a glimmer, a hope. It was maybe the project that would bring Clint Eastwood out of acting retirement. A story about an aging baseball scout who is losing his vision and who is embarking on one last recruitment trip in the company of his adult daughter sounded perfect for an old grizzly bear like Eastwood, and since those first days of maybes the project has developed quite nicely.

First it became official, and got a release date of September 28, 2012. Then it started filling out its supporting cast with exciting names. Amy Adams came on to play the role of Eastwood’s daughter, and Justin Timberlake got picked up to play her love interest. This thing was looking like an all-star lineup already.

But with news that they’re bringing one of the most underutilized players in Hollywood on board, I think this one might go all the way. According to Variety, John Goodman has just signed on to play a baseball scout and longtime friend of the Eastwood character’s named Pete Klein. That’s right, The Babe himself is returning to the world of onscreen baseball.

Not to go off on a rant here, but Goodman has been doing great work his entire career. And, at least, since The Big Lebowski, you would think that he would be one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. I mean, he’s doing fine, but where are all the starring roles? If you were a filmmaker, wouldn’t your number one goal be to keep coming up with awesome characters for John Goodman to play? I fully feel that we need to do everything we can to get this guy up to the level of, say, a Philip Seymour Hoffman or a Paul Giamatti.

Trouble With the Curve is a good start, but let’s begin a campaign to make 2012 the year of Goodman. I’ll go start a petition somewhere.

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