- While athletes such as Bonds, Jason Giambi, Marion Jones, and Tim Montgomery are characters in the film, [Writer-director Ron] Shelton will not cast actors to play them. Instead, he will use news footage and "let the public record speak for itself."
That's not the case for Fainaru-Wada, Williams and IRS special agent Jeff Novitzky. Shelton said he would cast for those parts -- Novitzky is not participating in the project -- as well as former Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein (the former Mr. Sharon Stone).
"Do you know that Mike Greenburg, who is one of the producers with [HBO Sports president] Ross Greenburg, was Sharon Stone's first husband," said Shelton. "One day we were in a small room at the Chronicle doing research and we had most of her husbands in the room. I said, Can I buy you guys some drinks? I want to hear some stories."