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MR. 3000

About The Story
Just when he thinks he's done everything he's ever going to do in life, Stan Ross is handed a second chance in MR. 3000. Forced to return to baseball, Ross finds himself finally becoming the inspirational hero he always wanted to be. At first, it's a comically outrageous situation. Pushing 50, the stubborn, pampered, set-in-his-ways Ross has to give up the smokes, hit the gym, even twist himself into Pilates poses, all in the hopes of competing against bratty New School players half his age. But in the role of Ross, Bernie Mac turns the situation around, transforming the baseball player from a brash, outrageous motor-mouth into an underdog for whom it's worth cheering.

The idea for MR. 3000 emerged when screenwriters Keith Mitchell and Eric Champnella were inspired by the notion of an athlete attempting a feat so rare that it would define his entire career. A 3,000 hit record is an event so rare in baseball, only 25 men have ever achieved it. "I kept wondering what would happen if the guy didn't make it? What if he got injured or something delayed his quest? Mostly I wondered how this one number would affect a man's life if it was the thing that meant the most to him in the world,” recalls Mitchell. "What happens when our lives become about the numbers and the trappings of success?”

Thus was born the character of Stan Ross, whose sudden loss of his 3,000-hit record causes him to re-examine not only his past but the whole point of his future. In creating Ross, the screenwriters hoped to paint a warm and funny portrait not just of a modern-day sports superstar but of a man who comically resists any kind of change, until he finally gives in.

Champnella explains: "All his life Stan has believed that the ends justify the means. No matter what he's done or who he's pissed off, Stan could always point to that number 3,000 and still feel good about himself. So what we did is set up this entertainingly boastful and arrogant character – only to strip him down, put him into an impossible situation and force him to come to terms with himself under the most challenging circumstances.”

When producers Maggie Wilde and Roger Birnbaum read MR. 3000, they in turn brought the script to director Charles Stone III – whose comedy feature "Drumline” has won acclaim as one of the sleeper comedy hits of 2002 and whose "Whassup?”

television commercials for Budweiser have become part of the cultural lexicon. Says Wilde: "Charles has a knack for finding both humor and drama in a given situation and we knew he would find the comic heart of this story.”

"Charles sees the world from a perspective that is uniquely emotional and visual,” further comments Roger Birnbaum. "He draws on his art background and his uncanny reflections on human behavior to delve very deeply into everyday subjects.”

Executive producer Timothy M. Bourne adds: "Another wonderful thing about Charles is that he brings something unexpected to everything he does. He has his own way of looking at the world that comes across as very exciting and funny.”

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