"The callers seemed like these incredibly vivid, almost movie characters," say Siegel. "You've got these ordinary working Joes taking on the machismo and testosterone of their heroes and doing it anonymously through the radio where it's very safe. It's kind of a form of fantasy play acting."
As he treated a sport usually not taken seriously (professional wrestling) in "The Wrestler," Siegel feels the often-disrespected sports fan is fertile, relatively unexplored territory.
"What (fans) are passionate about might seem silly to the outside observer," says Siegel. "Certainly you could make the case that that's very sad and pathetic, but I don't. I admire their passion and I identify with it."
"Sports fans are outsiders who feel like insiders," he adds, "which is an interesting thing to explore."
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