Saturday, September 25, 2010

September 25: Everything Begins With A Dream

On this day in 2005, Walt Disney Studios premiered its biographical sports film The Greatest Game Ever Played at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Based on the life of Francis Ouimet, an American golfer widely known for winning the 1913 U.S. Open, the film was directed by Bill Paxton. Actor Shia LaBeouf starred as the 20-year-old Ouimet who shocked the golf world by beating British champ Harry Vardon - the most famous pro golfer of his time.

Only his second feature film as a director, Paxton (an actor best known for his roles in Apollo 13 and Twister) attended the premiere with his wife and two children. Also at the premiere was LaBeouf (who first became known for his role in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens), young Josh Flitter (who portrayed Ouimet's 10-year-old caddy), actress Marnie McPhail (who played the wife of Ouimet), and cast members Peyton List and Stephen Marcus.

Attending the debut was also Dick Cook (at the time Disney Studio Chief), Michael Eisner (then CEO of Disney) and such Disney Channel stars as Christy Carlson Romano, Brenda Song, and Ashley Tisdale.

The Greatest Game Ever Played was generally released 5 days later earning over $3 million in its opening weekend.

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