Wahlberg gets nervous pitching to DeNiro in softball

September 4th, 2008 - 2:15 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 4 (IANS) Actor and singer Donnie Wahlberg, who was part of the boy band New Kids On The Block, says he got nervous when he had to pitch to acting legend Robert DeNiro while shooting a softball match scene for a film.According to contactmusic.com, Wahlberg had to pitch for a scene in the movie “Righteous Kill” but he was scared he would hit DeNiro.

Wahlberg said: “(The director) Jon Avnet told me I’m gonna be pitching in the softball game. I said, ‘Yeah, no problem’. He said, ‘Donnie, you better be able to throw strikes in that softball game.’ I said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll throw strikes.’

“But when it’s actually time to pitch, Robert De Niro steps into the batter’s box and it’s no big deal, but when they said ‘action’ it occurred to me that if this pitch is inside I’m gonna hit Robert De Niro! And that’s gonna be a problem. But if it’s outside I’m gonna have Jon Avnet screaming at me in front of the whole crew.”

Wahlberg added: “I got nervous in that moment. I felt like a baseball pitcher trying to throw the last strike at the World Series. I had to go with protecting Bob (De Niro), so I threw the pitch about six feet outside the box.

“Before the ball had even landed in (co-star) John Leguizamo’s glove, I heard Avnet screaming over the megaphone, ‘Donnie you idiot, I told you to throw a strike? Why didn’t you throw a strike?’ What are you gonna do? I’d rather have Jon yell at me than hit Bob De Niro in the head.”

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