"I don't want to get booed, and I don't want to end up on ESPN," Ryan Phillippe told us before throwing out the first pitch at last night's Phillies/Pirates game. The actor, in town to promote "MacGruber," which opens Friday, said that he'd practiced a bit with a trainer. For the record, his toss was hard and straight but bounced before the plate. Phils' broadcaster Gary "Sarge" Matthews had given him a few pointers.
Phillippe pledged to pitch better than Howard Stern producer Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate, who launched an abysmal pitch at a Mets game last year. Phillippe, a New Castle, Del., native, is a big Stern fan, and once cut class in high school to attend Stern's mock-funeral for DJ John DeBella, then at 93.3 WMMR, now with 102.9 WMGK.
"It's a hardcore R; we almost got an NC-17," Phillippe says of "MacGruber," which stars Will Forte and Kristen Wiig of "Saturday Night Live. It's based on a character from the show who blows up while wasting time defusing a bomb. "It's mad offensive, but in the most hilarious way," Phillippe said of the film. "There are moments kids will be Tweeting about while they're in the theaters." How long before he'd let his own kids, Ava, 10 and Deacon, 6, see the movie? we asked. "At least a decade," he answered.
We also asked Phillippe if he had any idea how many girls had been deflowered to the Counting Crows' "Color Blind," since "Cruel Intentions," the film in which he starred with and took the virginity of his future bride, now his ex, Reese Witherspoon. "I hope it's millions," said Phillippe. "I hope I circuitously took the virginity of millions."