Amy Adams catches on to baseball

Press Association23 November 2012

Amy Adams has confessed she had to train hard to learn to catch for new baseball film Trouble With The Curve.

The Muppets actress stars opposite Clint Eastwood in the film about an old baseball scout and his estranged daughter who try to repair their relationship.

Amy told The Guardian: "I do come from a family of athletic people, but I just don't have a propensity for catching balls.

"My hand-eye coordination is terrible, so I had to train a lot. But I do love being, I won't say it... it's that line from Grease: 'If you can't be an athlete, be an athletic supporter'."

But she added: "Learning how to catch, how to pitch, how to swing, I worked with a coach. It was really empowering, cause I've never been good at it. I realised I just was afraid of getting hit in the face with the ball. Wisely so, I guess, given that my current profession calls for people with intact faces. Oh God, this... it's like a minefield of balls-in-the-face jokes..."

The 38-year-old actress and mother, who had her big break playing a princess in Disney movie Enchanted, revealed director David O Russell saved her from being typecast by casting her as a waitress in his gritty drama The Wrestler.

Amy said: "He met me and he said: 'Oh you are so not a princess type - we'll have to do something about that!' He said: 'I just want to expose that side of you, and give you the opportunity to shed the whole princess thing, because that isn't who you are - it's just one aspect of the work you've done'."

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