From Breaking Away to Everybody's All-American to Any Given Sunday, Quaid, 47, doesn't mind letting us see him sweat. His latest sports film, The Rookie, which chronicles the improbable journey of pitcher Jim Morris to the major leagues, with the Devil Rays at age 35, opens on March 29.
SI: Are you happy that Kevin Costner allowed someone else to make a baseball movie?
Quaid: Absolutely. Maybe now he can do a football movie since I've already done two of those.
SI: You've done the bulk of your sports movies in your 40s. How long before you star in The George Foreman Story?
Quaid: I think my sports movies after this will be about the Senior tour in golf.
SI: Should someone who went out for the drama club in high school instead of football be allowed to play a pro athlete?
Quaid: I had one problem—I didn't like to get hit.
SI: Jim Morris was clocked in the high 90s on the radar gun. What do you top out at?
Quaid: I never had the radar gun on me because I don't want to be disappointed.
SI: If I had $20 to see one rock band, should I choose Keanu Reeves's Dogstar, Russell Crowe's 30 Odd Foot of Grunts or your band, the Sharks?