Outdoor movies: Utah will celebrate 20 years of 'The Sandlot' this summer

Published: Thursday, July 11 2013 7:25 p.m. MDT

"That was a lot of fun to shoot," he said. "It took probably about a week of going to different places to get all those pieces to put it together. It's a little bombastic and over the top, but I like it. I think it fit the film and the story and the tone of the movie really well."

Another of Evans' favorite scenes is an argument between Hamilton "Ham" Porter, played by Patrick Renna, and an opposing player, during which Ham yells out, "You play ball like a girl."

"That was originally supposed to be Benny's thing, where he was going to get into a cut-down argument," Evans said. "But Pat Rena was doing such a great job with him and that character that just seemed, on the day, on the moment we just changed it and had that character do it."

Throughout the film's 20th anniversary tour, Evans has had the chance to hang out with a number of the actors from "The Sandlot" and he looks forward to seeing both Shane Obedzinski and Chauncey Leopardi, who played Tommy "Repeat" Timmons and Squints, respectively, in Utah.

"It's very cool to see these guys," Evans said. "First of all, they look exactly the same, just slightly older. They really do. … So it's very cool and they all seem to have done very well."

In a recent article in Sports Illustrated titled "Where Are They Now?— The Sandlot," the actors were interviewed about what they've done since filming the movie.

For Obedzinski, whose character was notable for imitating the words and phrases of his brother Timmy, life has included rock bands and pizza chains. The now 30-year-old revealed in the SI article that his surprise reaction to his co-star Leopardi kissing the lifeguard was "legit."

Tommy's older brother, Timmy Timmons, was played by Victor DiMattia, now 32, who has since studied directing and screenwriting at the Academy of Art University in California, been a member of the punk rock band Spastic, and currently writes comedy. Recently, he went out with co-star Marty York and was allowed VIP access to a nightclub in L.A. because the bouncer recognized them from the movie.

York, whose character Alan "Yeah-Yeah" McClennan was known for saying "yeah, yeah" to everything, was in a car accident in 1997 that left him in a coma for a week. He was also jailed in 2009 for domestic battery. The 32-year-old is currently working as a personal trainer and "working to get his life back together," according to SI.

Grant Gelt, 33, who played Bertram Grover Weeks, spends his time serving as head of operations at Uprising Creative, traveling the world and managing the blues-rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. According to the Sports Illustrated article, many members of the cast remember a day when shooting was about to commence but Gelt was missing. Evans eventually found him in a tree house reading vintage picture book props.

According to Evans, "The Sandlot" was probably the best shoot he ever had and certainly the favorite movie he's ever made.

"I'm very grateful that the film commission and the state seems to think that it's such a big deal just to give it a marker and have an event and stuff like that," Evans said. "How many filmmakers get that? I can count them on one hand. That's a very, very big honor."

A screening of "The Sandlot" will be held July 19 after a Salt Lake Bees game against the Sacramento River Cats, which starts at 6:35 p.m. at Spring Mobile Ballpark, 77 W. 1300 S. Among those in attendance will be Evans, Obedenski, Gelt, DiMattia, York, Cathleen Summers, an executive producer; and Daniel Zacapa, who was the police chief. They will be available for autographs and photo opportunities during the screening. Tickets for the baseball game are $8-$24 and include the screening and a Q-and-A session with the cast.

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