TORONTO (AFP) - Watching sports movies like The Bad News Bears and North Dallas Forty as a child helped Brad Pitt hit a homerun in the newest addition to the genre, Moneyball, the actor said Friday, Directed by Bennett Miller (Capote) the film based on Michael Lewis 2003 best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, about the resurgence of the Oakland As baseball team. The movie premiered on Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival. As a kid, I loved '(The) Bad News Bears, Ben and I talked a lot about that one. And I had loved (North) Dallas Forty with Nick Nolte; I think it was the first R-rated movie I snuck into, so it has a special place in my heart, Pitt said. The Bad News Bears (1976) was about US little league baseball, while North Dallas Forty (1979) was about professional American football. In Moneyball, Pitt plays Oakland As general manager Billy Beane who turns to a chubby young statistician (Jonah Hill) with a radical new system to evaluate players and rebuild his gutted team after losing key members of his squad.