The 53-year-old actor—who was the glue of the Cleveland Indians in Major League and Major League II—plays Bear Bryant in The Junction Boys. The ESPN film, which debuts on Dec. 14, covers Bryant's 1954 training camp in Junction, Texas, when he coached Texas A&M.
SI: Coach Bryant made his players practice in 120-degree heat. How hot did it get inside your air-conditioned trailer on the movie set?
Berenger: [Laughs.] Oh, it was around 68 degrees.
SI: Why film a movie about Bear Bryant near Sydney?
Berenger: Fifty-five cents to the dollar on the exchange rate. I was the only American actor. All the others were Aussies. It was freaky and weird hearing them with Texas accents, but they did a great job.
SI: What facets of Bryant's personality can you relate to?
Berenger: Obsessive-compulsive. Supreme organization. The march-or-die mentality. My wife said this was the perfect role for me. I'm the type of person who will see a piece of paper on the floor and can't just let it go. Somebody's got to pick it up. What are we going to do? Just sit and stare at it?
SI: You caught Charlie Sheen on the set of Major League. Could he really pitch?
Berenger: The first day he threw to me, nine of the first 10 pitches were in the strike zone. On his best days, if he was rested and his arm was good, I think he was throwing around 88-89 miles per hour.
SI: How much would it take to get you to do another Major League movie?