Fallon on His Favorite Baseball Team and Being a Fan: I was born and raised in New York so Ive got to be a New York fan. Im not as crazy a fan as the guy in this movie. I only catch three or four games a year, if anything. In the movie, this guy got like hes a Red Sox fan and he has like Red Sox sheets and Red Sox pillow cases and a poster of Carl Yastrzemski in his living room and a framed Sports Illustrated Tony Conigliaro that he genuflexes to before he leaves the house. So Im not a crazy as that. Hes got Fenway Park in his living room, like the Green Monster painted on his living room wall.
Tapping Into That Obsession: Man, you hang in Boston for a week and you get it. Its beyond baseball when youre in Boston. Its not even about baseball. Its deeper. Its almost like a religion. Its family, really. Its crazy. I get emotional thinking about it. I dont know how to describe it. Its like, you know when they won? I dont think Boston fans were like, We got a trophy, or, We got a ring. They were like, I got to call my dad. Stuff like that. It was weird. Youd go past cemeteries and see like hats on the gravestones. Its like deep, man. Its beyond anything Ive experienced.
Fallon and Barrymore Mingle With the Fans: They were extra nice, nicer than I could imagine. And you get to know everybody. The people in the stands werent actors around us. All during the games we had real fans in the seats. Pete and Bobby Farrelly said, Look, if you look in the camera, youre not going to be in the movie. And they were like, Yeah, yeah whatever. Cmon Manny. Lets go.
The way we did it, it was real guerilla filmmaking. Pete and Bobby were like, Heres the deal. We do not want to disrupt the game at all in any way. We do not want to have anyone blame us for losing the game. So wed get direction by the beer and hot dog stand and then wed run in like guerilla filmmaking and sit down. Theyd film us saying, Really great game, or just cheering or singing Sweet Caroline.
You got to know the same people. Hey Jimmy. How you doing pal? This is my son. And this is my mother. You became close. You meet the same people, the same fans. When we started they were like 10 ½ games out of first and of course in the script we didnt have it that the Red Sox win the World Series. If we did, that would be like bulls**t. Theyve lost for 86 years. All of sudden theyre gonna win? This really is a comedy.
So then we were there and as we started shooting, they started winning. And we were like, What do we do if they win? And Boston fans were like, Dont worry about it. Well lose Pally. Dont have a heart attack. Ive done this for too long. Were not going to win. I dont care how many bloody socks they have. Were not going to win. So they started winning and we called [writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel] in a panic. I mean, we were excited. Dude, this could happen. It was just unbelievable. We were in shock. Then we got to go to the Series. Pete was like, Were going to put you guys on a plane. Youll make it there for the first inning. In case the Red Sox win, youve got to be there. Our movie is about a guy who loves the Red Sox.
On the Sox Breaking the Curse and Winning the World Series: It couldnt have been more exciting, to me anyway. Its also a perfect ending to my movie. Its a Hollywood ending from the gods. I was in shock I was so happy. It was amazing.
The Original Ending of Fever Pitch: The original ending is basically like the Nick Hornby book, which is a great book but its really sad. Its more of a memoir of how fans Its a love letter to the fans, which is why we picked the Red Sox because they lose. If you root for something that loses for 86 years, youre a pretty good fan. Win or lose. You dont have to win everything to be a fan of something. So the way it ended was that you have that realization about whats important in your life, my relationship with my team or my relationship with this girl. So I think the original ending was just we rip the contract up, or we dont really rip it up, then we kiss and the camera just cranes out. But then it cranes back in and they go to the season. So if they hadnt gone to the World Series, it would have probably just ended on that. Just them kissing on the field.