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Former Bad News Bear, now Oscar Nominated

This is one of those stories that will take away the usual rime of cynicism that builds up around Hollywood deal making. Jackie Earle Haley has earned an Oscar nomination for his work in "Little Children."

"Who?" you might well ask.

Haley's best known role is that of the scrawny Moocher ("It's my metabolism. I eat 3 times a day and my metabolism eats 5 times a day") in the 1979 feel-good bicycle racing movie (and one of my all-time favorites), "Breaking Away." That movie centered on four young men, freshly graduated from high school but struggling to create new identities in their Indiana town. The three other men co-starring in that film with Haley are Dennis Christopher, Daniel Stern, and Dennis Quaid. You've likely heard of them.

Where's Haley been? According to a CNN report, he's been delivering pizzas in San Antonio. Prior to "Little Children," Haley's last role was a minor part in a 1993 television movie, Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story. Writer/director Steve Zaillian was able to lure him back to work for "All the King's Men." From there, thanks to a recommendation from co-star Kate Winslet, it was a short jump to his turn in "Little Children."

From delivering pizzas to an Oscar nomination. That's got to be some ride. And hopefully it means Haley can keep working (and not just on a sequel to the remake of "The Bad News Bears".

Posted by on January 24, 2007 5:35 PM
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I love this story... One of my favorite movies of all-time is "Breaking Away." I don't think he has a chance in hell to win, but I think it's great that he made a comeback and is getting noticed again.

-- Posted by: Rachel at February 2, 2007 11:41 PM

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