Cruise's character was inspired by Steinberg who at one time was the world's most famous and suave sports agent Friends: Steinberg provided 'research material' for Cruise and director Cameron Crowe (pictured left with Steinberg), as they followed him around for two years watching him conduct multi-million dollar deals Comeback deal: Steinberg recently signed Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch after repaying his business debts and revamping his sports agency.Steinberg poses with Lynch (right) as well as retired quarterback Steve Young (left) Cast return?Recalling his darkest hour, Steinberg admits: 'I was in my apartment alone and I just started drinking and went off for a walk, I cannot explain why.My alcohol level left me sort of hanging out on a curb on the Pacific Coast Highway.
And he also reveals that there was one person not shown the money as a result of the movie: Mc Donald himself.Looking back, I think it had a pretty remarkable box office run. It’s the 24th slowest film ever to reach 0 million in domestic box office (and the most recent film on the list). It’s a film that demanded repeat viewings and audiences took their unsuspecting family and friends along for their 2nd or 3rd viewing to get their opinions. The movie saw Tom Cruise as a hard-charging agent for NFL players, and Gooding as an NFL player looking for a club - and a lucrative contract.As director Cameron Crowe researched his screenplay, he turned to Mc Donald - then a wide receiver in search of a new team - and his real-life agent, Leigh Steinberg, for inspiration.