Chris Dunn and Brian Wilkerson are members of a local adult baseball league in Warner Robins. So when they heard that Clint Eastwood was looking for extras in Middle Georgia for his new movie "Trouble with the Curve", they jumped at the chance.
"I posted it on Facebook to all my ball players," says Dunn. "And you know nobody believed me, didn't think Clint Eastwood was coming to town to be in a baseball movie, and of course it was true."
So true that Wilkerson and Dunn found themselves in Atlanta for tryouts, and each got a role -- Dunn as the head coach of "The Intimidators" and Wilkerson as their starting pitcher.
"I showed up and did a little pitching and an interview on the camera and just got an e-mail a couple weeks after saying I got the part of the starting pitcher," says Wilkerson.
The movie is about an aging baseball scout for Atlanta Braves (Clint Eastwood) who takes his daughter (Amy Adams) on a scouting trip. He is watching a hitter on the Rome Braves, played by his son Scott Eastwood, while they play the Intimidators. Brian's character throws three fastballs to strike Eastwood out.
They shot their scenes back in March at Macon's Luther Williams Field. Brian says he spent hours shooting his pitching scene to get it just right. In the end, "Coach" Dunn approved. "Good fastballs, down the middle, swing and miss, and the game was over."
Other parts of the movie featuring Middle Georgia include a scene filmed as the bar "Cheers" in Macon, which was converted into a place called "Jimmy's" where Eastwood eats in the movie.
Chris and Brian gathered before the movie with friends and family, as well as a few others who make small camoes to celebrate before the movie. They say it's a 15 minutes of fame they won't forget.