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The Roy Faires Collection, no. 13 - Interview with Ron Shelton (1988)

Austin History Center

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  •  Roy Faires sits down with writer/director Ron Shelton, who whose screenplay for Bull Durham (1988) won him the Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, as well as an Academy Award nomination in the same category 
  •  Faires asks Shelton about his contemporary, Don Baylor, a baseball player and coach from Austin 
  •  Too intelligent to be a ball player? 
  •  Shelton discusses what kinds of films he wants to make 
  •  Faires inquires about Shelton’s background and how it has influenced his vision as a director 
  •  The casting process 
  •  Susan Sarandon as a sex symbol 
 
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In this unedited interview for Austin’s KVUE-TV, Roy Faires sits down with writer/director Ron Shelton to talk about his latest film, Bull Durham (1988). The film, starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, was partly shot in Arlington, including scenes at Six Flags Over Texas. Shelton discusses his background in baseball, and how it has influenced his vision as a director. He also talks about his encounters with Don Baylor, a baseball player, manager, and coach born in Austin. Faires worked as a special project director and entertainment critic/reporter at KVUE-TV, Austin’s ABC affiliate, from 1976-1989.
Don Baylor is a Major League Baseball coach and former player and manager. He played for six different American League teams during his 19-year playing career. Born in Austin, he turned down a scholarship to play football at The University of Texas in order to pursue a baseball career, attending Blinn Junior College in Brenham. Had he accepted Coach Darrell K. Royal’s offer, Baylor would have been the first African American to play football at Texas. Julius Whittier became the first in Baylor’s stead, playing football at the university from 1970-1971.