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John Smoltz not complaining “The Change-Up” left him out

The cameo John Smoltz filmed for "The Change-Up" didn't survive the final cut, but at least he got to meet Ryan Reynolds.

The cameo John Smoltz filmed for "The Change-Up" didn't survive the final cut, but at least he got to meet Ryan Reynolds.

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz joined Ryan Reynolds and Olivia Wilde at Turner Field last November to film scenes for “The Change-Up.”

The buddy flick also starring Leslie Mann and Jason Bateman shot a huge scene there, and Smoltz was to play himself in a cameo. (Actually he was going to billed as a pitching coach). It was freezing that day but, pro that he is, Smoltz got suited up and put his game face on.

“Putting on the uniform was kind of weird,” Smoltz told us about a month after the filming. “But it still fit!”

Well, after putting in long hours on a brisk November morning for a command cameo, the segments with Smoltz apparently ended up on the cutting room floor. But he isn’t complaining.

Reviews for the movie, which was filmed all over Atlanta, have been pretty bad. Here’s the opening paragraph of Roger Ebert’s review: ” ‘The Change-Up is one of the dirtiest-minded mainstream releases in history. It has a low opinion of men, a lower opinion of women, and the lowest opinion of the intelligence of its audience. It is obscene, foulmouthed, scatological, creepy and perverted. As a bonus, it has the shabbiest low-rent main titles I’ve seen this side of YouTube.”

It was chilly the day they filmed "The Change-Up" at Turner Field. Olivia Wilde was all bundled up before the cameras rolled.

It was chilly the day they filmed "The Change-Up" at Turner Field. Olivia Wilde was all bundled up before the cameras rolled.

Smoltz and his wife went to a screening here locally. He didn’t want to be quoted on his opinion on the movie, but it’s safe to assume he would not take issue with Mr. Ebert.

“Let’s just say I didn’t make it (into the film), and that’s a shame, but that’s show business,” Smoltz said with a chuckle.

Anyway, onto something more pleasant. Smoltz was back in uniform, sort of, Wednesday morning at Turner Field to launch a new charity initiative to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

AutoTrader.com, the Atlanta Braves and local participating Chevrolet dealerships are teaming up for Drive Away Hunger, a program that will run from. Aug. 30 through Sept. 12.

Donors who drop off 10 cans of food at the participating Chevrolet dealerships receive a free ticket to the Braves vs. Nationals game on Sept. 14. If you test drive a new Chevy, AutoTrader.com will make a $10 donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank and you’re entered to win a Braves suite for you and 15 friends.  Full details are posted here.

Former Braves pitcher John Smoltz announced "Drive Away Hunger," a charity initiative to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Wednesday at Turner Field.

Former Braves pitcher John Smoltz announced "Drive Away Hunger," a charity initiative to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Wednesday at Turner Field.

“I am so thrilled to be partnering up with AutoTrader and the Atlanta Braves,” said Smoltz, wearing an AutoTrader jersey with his name on the back. “I enourage people to test drive a new Chevrolet – that would be fun!”

He said coming to the stadium without a game to play is still a little odd but he’s enjoyed the transition to broadcasting. If you listen regularly to his commentary, you know his fondness for sometimes corny quips.

“I had a blast,” he said. “When you get John Smoltz, you get all of John Smoltz.”

He says he doesn’t miss life as a player, given the rigors of a professional ball career and the physical stress it entails. “When I was a player, I worked so hard,” Smoltz said. “When I look back I think, I can’t believe how hard I worked.”

For now, he’s enjoying life as a broadcaster and philanthropic advocate.

“I’m busier than ever,” he said. “I knew there wouldn’t be full retirement for me.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

65 comments Add your comment

Hilliard Crump

August 17th, 2011
1:50 pm

Tech '10

August 17th, 2011
2:37 pm

What a class act. I just wish he would have retired a Brave. Still have mad respect for him!!!

Tech '10

August 17th, 2011
2:38 pm

2nd and third!!! ha

Steve From Dalton

August 17th, 2011
2:38 pm

Somewhere Skip is saying,”yea, but it’s no Slugger’s Wife”.

Pee Wee's Big Adventure

August 17th, 2011
2:40 pm

I’m blinded by the shine off his bald head. I don’t believe in non-court mandated service.

denglish

August 17th, 2011
2:42 pm

Why did you not ask him about the million dollar foreclosed property in Colorado when you know he has the money to pay it back? Did he just decide he does not want the property any longer and just said the heck with it, I will let it go…..

Brown Eyed Girl!

August 17th, 2011
2:42 pm

As far as I know, he still has not officially retired. All the Braves would have to do is sign him to a day contract. He will obviously go into the hall with the Big Three as a Brave.

JASon

August 17th, 2011
2:53 pm

I had always thought that smoltz was a class act, until I heard a recent radio interview with him. Smoltz not afraid to take all the credit for the braves success in the 90s. It surprised me how full of himself he was in this interview.

coloradobulldog

August 17th, 2011
2:59 pm

That’s Wyoming property, denglish. You might want to look up the facts first dude. Sure they border but New Orleans is closer to Atlanta than Jackson Hole, Wyoming is to Denver. I don’t I would ever confuse Louisiana with Georgia especially if I am trying accuse someone of something I know nothing about. And it was a sporting club site that never panned out because developers failed to put roads in and other infrastructure. Not like he had a shady loan from Fannie Mae and gov’t bailed him out.

Hayseed Dixie

August 17th, 2011
3:03 pm

I love John Smoltz. His postseason dominance made it great to be a Braves fan.

Then he said some of the stupidest things about gay marriage, all the while he’s a divorced man.

Smoltzie, you got divorced when it suited you, buddy. Your faith went right out the window.

Why, then, do you publicly insist on such a stringent code of behavior for everyone else?

Seems you could spend a little more time reading Romans 3:23. In fact, read it about 10 times. Think about yourself while you’re doing it.

Tennis

August 17th, 2011
3:10 pm

Smoltz should be more concerned paying his mortgages than doing movie reviews.

What's Important

August 17th, 2011
3:12 pm

Guess he hasn’t gotten around to beating up this wife yet.

JoJoTheWildeMonkey

August 17th, 2011
3:13 pm

“Smoltz should be more concerned paying his mortgages than doing movie reviews.”

Deadbeats like Smoltz, and there are many others, both in sports and in the acting field should be sued for all they’ve got. John is another one of them, pro-union, doesn’t pay his bills, great ballplayer, but overall a loser.

P Rose

August 17th, 2011
3:13 pm

Hey, does anyone know why Glavine’s and Maddux’s numbers are retired at Turner Field but not Smoltz’s?

dre

August 17th, 2011
3:32 pm

“Class act,” LOL! That is amusing. To call someone that when all you know of him is his ability to throw a ball…incredible.

Robert

August 17th, 2011
3:33 pm

Maddux: 354 wins
Glavine: 305 wins

Smoltz: 213 wins

Enough said.

Gwinnett Fred

August 17th, 2011
3:35 pm

Smoltz as a ball player – absolute Hall of Famer

Smoltz as a person – one of the biggest hypocrites alive. If there isn’t a camera or microphone around – he shows his true colors. Yes, he does a ton of charity work, and for that he deserves all the accolades he gets. But I have plenty of first hand knowledge regarding his “other side” (and pretty safe to say so do his ex-wife, business partners, etc.)

Atlien

August 17th, 2011
3:36 pm

Yeah but Smoltz has one or two more saves than Maddux and Glavine.

Kuhlio

August 17th, 2011
3:41 pm

Robert, you can’t compare wins between the 3 when Smoltz was a reliever for so long. Smoltz is only one of two pitchers to have over 200 wins and 200 saves. Beat that!

Correct the numbers

August 17th, 2011
3:49 pm

Smoltz is arguably the best post season pitcher in history. Mr. Playoff is what i used to call him.

Smoltz’s correct career numbers are:
213 Wins
154 Saves
_____
367 total wins that he had a favorable decision in. ENOUGH SAID.

JD

August 17th, 2011
4:04 pm

Why would they want a deadbeat who walks away from a mortgage he can pay? Talk about classless

TPM

August 17th, 2011
4:10 pm

Smoltz – Wells Fargo called they are looking for you.

Mr. Ed

August 17th, 2011
4:11 pm

“It is obscene, foulmouthed, scatological, creepy and perverted.”

Considering the comments posted here about Smoltz…it sound like it was the perfect movie for him.

Peter

August 17th, 2011
4:13 pm

Yes Smoltz is a class act…well except for the 1.8 million dollar piece of property he is foreclosing on in Wyoming currently.

That is the Rich….. they have allot to do with the housing collapse, as they foreclosed on second and third homes and properties.

A real class act !

Harry Carey

August 17th, 2011
4:18 pm

Now in other news, the downtown connector is a parking lot and should be packed for the ride home after the game.

dre

August 17th, 2011
4:21 pm

Mr. Ed, good one.

Reverie

August 17th, 2011
4:29 pm

Wow! I was completely unaware that this many angry hypocrites would actually read the AJC but based on the hate-filled vitriol I just read, I guess I over-estimated the class of the readers. Why can’t we just admit the guy is a human being and let him be? Why do you feel the need to tear this man down? I have heard him speak about spiritual matters and I don’t recall a single time he attempted to make himself into anything other than a human being, complete with the graces and flaws we all possess. As for his opinion on gay marriage, it’s just his opinion or perhaps his beliefs. I can respect that. I seriously doubt he grabbed a microphone out of some reporters hands and inflicted his opinion on that subject. He almost certainly was asked. Even if he wasn’t asked and just offered it, it’s just a differing opinion. If you can’t take dissent go join your comrades in North Korea. They hate dissent. I don’t care if you hold a dissenting opinion but really, I saw very few comments indicating any support of the work he continues to do (and he doesn’t have to do it).

Hey, I’m no Jesus.

foodbank

August 17th, 2011
4:31 pm

Click on the Atlanta Community Food Bank link in this article (”Full details are posted here”) …it lists the game ticket giveaway for 10 cans of food as Friday, Sept. 16th Vs. New York. NOT Sept. 14th vs. the Nationals as stated in this piece. Now I may take advantage of it…and help out the Food Bank too!

Gwinnett Fred

August 17th, 2011
4:33 pm

@ Reverie:

Every think it’s YOU that can’t take dissent??

People here are voicing opinion, just like you. Yet if someone blasts Smoltz, they are the hypocrite dissenters?

Appears you are in the minority here pal – so maybe YOU should be the one to check out North Korea, because it appears to be YOU that can’t take dissent pal!

dre

August 17th, 2011
4:38 pm

…and the record for one of the most disliked post career athletes in Atlanta history.

MatthewH

August 17th, 2011
4:42 pm

Other than “Sharkey’s Machine”, has there ever been a movie filmed in Atlanta that did well at the box office?

EE

August 17th, 2011
4:44 pm

After all the negative comments both Ryan and Jason made about Atlanta, I decided not to see the movie. Did not wish to give money to two people who trashed my city. I am glad the movie was not a success.

Gwinnett Fred

August 17th, 2011
4:44 pm

@ Matthew H:

How about “Little Angels”?? LOL

MatthewH

August 17th, 2011
4:50 pm

Fred-was that the movie with Kristi McNichol and Tatum O’Neal? Or was it “Little Darlins”.? All I know is that I was thrilled that I could see the OMNI in the final scene. That’s MY city!!

Gwinnett Fred

August 17th, 2011
4:50 pm

My bad – I meant “Little Darlings” (which actually grossed almost as much as Sharky’s Machine did believe it or not!)

MatthewH

August 17th, 2011
4:51 pm

yeah, forgot about “Driving Miss Daisy”

Gwinnett Fred

August 17th, 2011
4:52 pm

And yes, the parking lot scene with the Omni and the Westin (also from Sharky’s Machine) in the background.

MatthewH

August 17th, 2011
4:53 pm

And, to continue the Burt Reynolds theme, “Smokey and the Bandit” was filmed in and around Atlanta. I believe they used GA 400 before it opened for the expressway scenes.

Gwinnett Fred

August 17th, 2011
4:55 pm

I believe Remember the Titans did pretty well too ($115 million)

MatthewH

August 17th, 2011
4:57 pm

Remember the Titans was filmed in Atlanta? I know it takes place in Alexandria VA-had no idea it was filmed here.

Mr. Ed

August 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

“Other than “Sharkey’s Machine”, has there ever been a movie filmed in Atlanta that did well at the box office?”

I would the assume the plethora of Tyler Perry’s “Medea” films have been successful at the box office.

Gwinnett Fred

August 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

Druid Hills High School if I remember right.

Jennifer Brett

August 17th, 2011
4:59 pm

Dear foodbank:

Sorry for the retro info. The link I posted initially was last year’s program site but I have updated it. Should be working properly now.

Jennifer

coolio

August 17th, 2011
5:03 pm

i used to think i was the only one who thought smoltz was a total tool, but after reading this, i am glad to know i am not alone. sweet!

Jennifer Brett

August 17th, 2011
5:03 pm

Mr. Ed:

“The Blind Side” comes to mind. “Hall Pass,” which was dreadful, nonetheless topped the box office on its weekend debut (I don’t know how sustained its box office prowess was, though).

One movie I do want to mention, since we’re discussing made-in-ATL flicks, is “The Joneses.” It was shot in Johns Creek/Alpharetta and starred Demi Moore and David Duchovny. A very smart, clever dark comedy about the perils of over consumption and marketing gone amok. It got far too little attention IMO, perhaps because there were no explosions or vampires. I do recommend it though. Very thought-provoking.

Jennifer

urmissingthepoint

August 17th, 2011
5:04 pm

For those of you who don’t read above a 3rd grade level (and that’s 99% of you), the property Smoltz is allowing to be foreclosed is useless. The developer and the bank never intended to finish it and lured several high profile people in to make a quick buck and run. If I owned a useless piece of land, I’d let the bank have it too. Let THEM try to unload it in this market.

Gwinnett Fred

August 17th, 2011
5:11 pm

@urmissing…

So what you’re saying is, if you are bad enough money wise to get duped into investing in something with no chance of success – you are allowed to just walk away with a free pass just because you are who you are???

Tami

August 17th, 2011
5:21 pm

Uhhhh…problem with Smoltzie’s promo: There is NO GAME with the Washington Nationals on Sept. 14th. It’s the home rubber game versus the Marlins. The only time the Braves play the Nats in September is an away series Sept. 23rd, 24th & 25th.

I remember the coverage on the filming of this movie. If it’s as bad as Ebert has described, then maybe it’s a good thing Smoltzie’s part ended up on the cutting room floor after all. LOL.

coolio

August 17th, 2011
5:35 pm

@ urmissing…..thank you for that brilliant insight. i am going to tell my mortgage company i am high profile and refuse to pay. makes perfect sense! now go back to sniffing smoltze’s jock

Apingal

August 17th, 2011
6:43 pm

I was an extra that very cold day the Change Up was shot. It was freezing that day. Smoltz was a class act and took time to shake the hand of everyone who was part of the filming crew that day. We sat there and froze. Amazing the entire scene at Turner Field was about a minute and nothing like it was filmed. Took over 10 hours to film. After seeing the film, I think Smoltz caught a break by ending up on the editing floor.