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''Fever Pitch'': All's fair in love and Red Sox

”Fever Pitch”: How Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore, and the Farrelly Brothers saved their movie when the Sox pitched them a curve ball — by winning!

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Johnny Damon, Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore Photograph by Nathaniel Welch

Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s loose adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Fever Pitch — which stars Jimmy Fallon as a Red Sox-obsessed dweeb and Drew Barrymore as the girl who loves him — originally relied on the BoSox doing what they had always done. Losing. But what happened during 2004’s World Series, of course, is the stuff of legend. The Sox won. And won. And won. And won. So the movie, which opens on April 8, got a surprise ending during filming in St. Louis during the fourth and final game.

How do you come back from that? EW got the twisted brains behind There’s Something About Mary and Stuck on You together with their two stars to talk Sox, stardom, and just how you save a movie when life rewrites the ending for you.