Associated Press (US), October 27, 2000

Keanu Reeves To Film in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) - Keanu Reeves is expected in the Motor City this week to film scenes for his new movie, "Hardball."

The locale - Tiger Stadium, the old home of the Detroit Tigers.

The movie is based on the Daniel Coyle book "Hardball: A Season in the Projects," about volunteers coaching Little League baseball amid the violence of Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing complex. Reeves plays a coach.

In the scenes to be filmed in Detroit, Reeves' character brings his team to see a major league baseball game.

"Nationally, filmmakers are beginning to think of Detroit as a viable place to film," said Marilyn Wheaton, cultural affairs director for the city. "That makes us proud. That means people are beginning to see Detroit as a very nice place."

In August, actor Billy Crystal chose the retired Detroit ballpark to stand in for Yankee Stadium for his film "61."

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