All of America is abuzz over Major League: Back To The Minors, the hot new comedy starring Scott Bakula, Corbin Bernsen, Ted McGinley, and Eric Bruskotter. The Onion recently sat down with Bakula, McGinley, and Bruskotter to talk about baseball, romance, and the intricacies of the Major League franchise.
The Onion: We weren't allowed to screen Major League: Back To The Minors. Can you paint a picture of the movie experience readers can expect?
Scott Bakula: Well, true to the franchise, this film has a lot of the same sensibility in terms of the humor and the crazy baseball stuff. I think what's somewhat different about it is that it's got a pretty good story about my character, who has the end of his career staring him in the face. What's he going to do? He can't play ball anymore, and that's really all he wants to do and all he's ever done. He gets an opportunity to manage this minor-league club, and in true Major League fashion, he's got a catcher who can't make the throw back to the pitcher, and…
O: You whip a band of misfits into shape?
SB: Yeah. And then we end up having such a wonderful season that the major-league affiliate… The Minnesota Twins are having a terrible season, and we end up in this challenge. Ted [McGinley, who plays the manager of the Twins] and I, our two characters have this kind of grudge going back for years. And at the heart of it is this nice story about this guy who has to make hard choices in his life, and is a good coach—the kind of coach you wish your kids could have. As opposed to his guy [points to McGinley], who is a yelling, screaming maniac. It's a very funny movie. Eric [Bruskotter, who plays the aforementioned catcher] is hysterical.
O: Is there an element of romance in this picture?
SB: Uh, an element. [Everyone laughs.] A trace element.
Ted McGinley: There was one woman [Jensen Daggett] with all these guys. She was such a good sport. Every other word was "Fuck this" and "Fuck that," and she's right in the middle of this whole thing, trying to be a good sport about everything.
SB: She was. She did a great job. You just see much less of her on screen than was originally in the script. Our whole relationship, she was waiting for me to find myself. But all that kind of went by the wayside and wound up on the cutting-room floor.
Eric Bruskotter: It winds up being more of a love story between a manager and the guys he comes across. [The others laugh.] No, really. What's truly cool about the movie is you really believe that Scott, as the manager, really inspires the ball-players, and in the big-league team, they're all spoiled and in it for the money. Scott inspires this team of minor-league guys who really want to play and win. That's totally believable.
O: Have you actually seen the final cut?
SB: But he has a good sense of everything. He read it. [McGinley laughs.]
O: This film breaks the Major League franchise's long-time affiliation with the Cleveland Indians. Is that because they're winning?
TM: Well, Major League 2 wasn't with the Indians.
EB: No, 2 was Cleveland.
TM: Oh, then the first one wasn't Cleveland.
SB: No, it was.
EB: Thanks, Ted. What was the question? [Everyone laughs.]
TM: I love both those movies, by the way. [Everyone laughs.]
SB: I think [the success of the Indians] was probably part of it. The original script was with the Chicago White Sox, but because of weather problems and scheduling problems, they had to flip it, and that's why we ended up with Minnesota.
O: Corbin Bernsen isn't here right now, so if you guys want to badmouth him, you can.
TM: He's a really funny, insane guy to have around. He was funny in the movie.
SB: Yeah, he was very funny in the movie. We can't bash him. [To Bruskotter.] Do you want to bash him?
EB: I can't. He's a great guy. I got along with him great.
TM: You didn't have a scene with him, did you?
EB: Haven't seen him. [Everyone laughs.]
SB: If he was here right now, would he know who you were?
EB: Corbin? I think if I reintroduced myself and showed him a picture, he would. [Everyone laughs.]
O: [To Bruskotter.] You were in the last Major League movie. How does this experience compare to the last one?
EB: I think the third movie is much better.
SB: Be honest. Your part's much bigger.
TM: Was your part much bigger in this movie?
EB: No, it was smaller.
SB: That's right. You were busy promoting Starship Troopers.
O: You were in Starship Troopers?
EB: Did you see it? Remember when the guy gets killed in boot camp? He got his head blown off, and his brain matter was all over the place? That was me.