Josh Hamilton Story Going Hollywood

ARLINGTON, Texas - David Murphy went with a combination of Will Ferrell's face and Channing Tatum's body. Nelson Cruz thought the guy from the Facebook movie, Jesse Eisenberg in "Social Network", could pull it off.

But there is no telling what Hollywood star will portray Josh Hamilton in a feature film that is being created by director/writer Casey Affleck, producer Basil Iwanyk and Thunder Road Pictures.

Hamilton and his wife, Katie, released a statement about the movie agreement.

"Josh and Katie Hamilton are pleased to announce that they have been approached by Casey Affleck and Thunder Road Pictures and have agreed to the creation of a feature film about their lives," the statement read. "While they are not involved with the actual Hollywood pitching process, the Hamiltons will be an integral part of the film's creative direction and accuracy as the project develops."

Josh Hamilton declined further comment, but his story is scripted for the big screen.

He was the No. 1 overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft. A series of injuries derailed his professional career, and he became addicted to drugs and alcohol. His addiction became severe enough that Major League Baseball suspended him on Feb. 18, 2004, for violating the league's joint drug treatment and prevention program.

After being out of professional baseball from 2003-05, MLB granted Hamilton permission to participate in Tampa Bay's extended spring training program on June 2, 2006. That is where his rise to the big leagues was restarted.

Hamilton was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 2006 Rule 5 Draft, and then traded to Cincinnati in exchange for cash considerations later that day. He reached the majors with the Reds in 2007, and landed in Texas after a trade that off-season.

With the Rangers, Hamilton has emerged as one of the most popular players in the game, known as much for his monster home runs as his faith in God.

He hit a record 28 home runs in the first round of the Home Run Derby in 2008 at Yankee Stadium; he won the 2010 American League MVP after hitting .359 with 32 home runs and 100 RBIs in 133 games; he hit a two-run home run in the 10th inning to give the Rangers a 9-7 lead in Game 6 of last year's World Series, a game in which they lost; and he's won the league's player of the month for April and May this season.

"Obviously he's been a big story all throughout baseball since his comeback," Murphy said. "He's got a great comeback story. It's weird to think that somebody you see on an everyday basis is going to be the main character in a movie. I'm very curious to see how it turns out and who will play him."

As far as his suggestions to portray Hamilton, Murphy said: "Hard to say because most actors in Hollywood are not that big. My wife (Andrea) and I were talking about a guy with some size that comes to mind is (Channing Tatum). I think Will Ferrell has the face, but you need somebody that's got a little bit more of an athletic body."

Murphy doesn't know if he'll be portrayed in the movie. However, if he is, the no-brainer choice is Alan Ruck, who played Cameron in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".

"Everybody tells me I look like him, so it's an obvious fit," said Murphy, who added that he would not be interested in portraying himself. "I have no acting skills whatsoever, so I'll pass."

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