Men det var noe oppslukende, sutrete og ekstremt lesverdig over Agassis selvbiografi, en bok helt fri for «det var da, slik er jeg nå»-tilbakeblikk som preger mange andre memoarer. Det er både dens styrke og svakhet.
Agassis liv inneholder så mange gode story-elementer at det selvsagt er blitt snakk om å filmatisere den. Tyrannisk far, rastløshet, parykker, dop, kjendisekteskap som er sprekker (og et annet lykkelig), folk han hater på idrettsbanen, overjordisk gode hjelpere (Gil Reyes) og en nemesis (Pete Sampras). Filmmateriale, uten tvil.
Agassi kommenterte filmplanene nylig:
J.K.: “Have you had any serious film offers for rights to your autobiography (“Open”)?”
A.A.: “Yes, numerous offers. Let’s just say the best in the business have contacted me, people who have a huge desire to turn the book into a film, a big-screen movie. But turning my life over to be reinterpreted that way requires great caution.”
“My temptation is to reach a bigger audience, millions of people, and that is a great motivating factor. I like that idea, but I have to be careful. I don’t rule it out, and there are a handful of people bidding on it.”
J.K.: “I think we’ve all played the game, ‘Who Would Play You in the Movie?’ Who would play you?”
A.A.: “Oh, I don’t know. There are so many actors I just love, and you’d have to encompass childhood up to age 36 (Agassi’s ages covered in the book). My favorite actor across every field is Gene Hackman, just from an enjoyment standpoint. Edward Norton is also a great, great actor.”
J.K.: “Norton, I could see, and I know who would play Pete Sampras: Adam Carolla.”
A.A.: “(Laughs) OK, I’ll let you make that call. Let me know how it turns out.”
Sports Illustrated foreslår allerede folk til rollene, og jeg synes de treffer godt. Laura Dern er prikklik Steffi Graf!