Ben Affleck pitching project about gay ball player -- But the actor is meeting resistance from studios wary about adapting the novel ''The Dreyfus Affair''
Ben Affleck
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The gay community could have a new poster boy in Ben Affleck, if he and director Betty Thomas (”28 Days”) are able to convince Hollywood’s deep pockets to let them adapt Peter Lefcourt’s 1992 novel, ”The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story,” about a gay Major League Baseball player. So far, they’re striking out. ”Ben really wants to do it and I really want to do it,” says Thomas, but ”the bottom line is no studio wants to give us the money. I guess they think there’s no audience.” What’s the problem? Sounds like a home run to us.

(Additional reporting by Cindy Pearlman)