He ends up discovering two teenagers blessed with exceptionally strong arms — and the two actors who play the pitchers, Madhur Mittal and Suraj Sharma, now join an elite squad of mock athletes: actors who have to be convincing as all-star pitchers in a movie. To get a sense of how actors like Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Charlie Sheen, and more pulled it off, we brought in the expert eye of the legendary Charlie Hough, a scout with the Los Angeles Dodgers and a knuckleballer who lasted nearly a quarter century in the big leagues. Actor-Pitcher: Robert Redford in The Natural (1984) Scouting Report: “That leg kick is from the ’60s and ’70s. There’s not a lot of power in his push off the mound. A guy who really exploded on the mound with a big wind-up was [Hall of Famer] Sandy Koufax.” Related Thought: “Actors look like athletes now.

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