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Rosie O'Donnell will be a guest star in Amazon remake of A League of Their Own ... after appearing in ensemble cast of 1992 film

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2021-07-29

Rosie O'Donnell will guest star as a bartender on Amazon's A League of Their Own remake.

The 59-year-old star, appearing on Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino, confirmed Wednesday that she would make a return to the franchise almost 30 years after she appeared in the ensemble cast of the 1992 film from the late Penny Marshall.

'I'm playing a bartender in one of the scenes at the local gay bar,' said O'Donnell. 'I didn't shoot it yet, I'm shooting it in the upcoming months.'

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Coming soon: Rosie O'Donnell will guest star as a bartender on Amazon's A League of Their Own remake. The 59-year-old star was snapped in NYC in 2019

O'Donnell said she was contacted by Abbi Jacobson, who created the show with Will Graham, to make an appearance in the TV adaptation.

O'Donnell said she 'had a great experience' making the movie, which marked her motion picture debut.

The hit movie documented a World War II-era female professional baseball team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, and featured Tom Hanks, Madonna, Lori Petty and Geena Davis.

'I love the Broad City women and when I was told [Jacobson] was doing League, she called me up and said, "Ro, would you do it?" And I said, "In a minute,"' O'Donnell said.

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Batter up: O'Donnell appeared in the ensemble cast of the 1992 film from the late Penny Marshall
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Game-changer: The movie marked the first feature film appearance O'Donnell made, alongside a host of stars including Madonna 

O'Donnell said Jacobson sent her the pilot 'and it was just really beautiful.'

O'Donnell said on the podcast that she believed her character Doris Murphy was written as gay, though never identified in the course of the film.

'It's funny, during League of Our Own, my character again, I think was gay,' she said.

She referred to a speech her character had in the film, in which Marshall had her do a retake based on her performance.

'And when she had that speech: "I never really felt like a real girl, I always felt like a fake girl, not even a girl, but now there's a lot of us and I feel like we're all okay,"' she said. 'I did that in the bus and Penny Marshall goes, "Rosie, do it again. It's not a gay thing."'

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Looking back: O'Donnell said she 'had a great experience' making the movie, which marked her motion picture debut

O'Donnell said she pushed back on Marshall in her interpretation of the character.

'I said, "Pen, did you read the words? The words are totally that she finally feels she fits in amongst this group of tomboys. There's this little bit of an undertone,'" O'Donnell said. 'She said, "No, it's not gay anything. Don't make it a gay anything."'

O'Donnell said she 'played it the way [she] played it,' adding, 'But again, to me, that was a gay character.'

Jacobson will star in and produce the show, which Amazon said last year 'takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the League and outside of it,' according to Entertainment Weekly.

Joining Jacobson in the cast includes Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, Roberta Colindrez, Priscilla Delgado, Gbemisola Ikumelo and Kelly McCormack.

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