OTL: Star power on, off field

Updated: November 9, 2008, 11:37 AM ET
By Tom Friend | ESPN.com

On the morning of the season opener, a phone rings at a quaint Bakersfield, Calif., high school. A movie studio is calling, and it asks a stunning question:

"Can Will Smith land his helicopter on your campus?"

After a few gasps and a page to the principal, the studio is told that, yes, there will be an empty baseball field at Mr. Smith's disposal. The studio says thank you; the secretary on the phone wants to faint.

Hours later, about 4 p.m., a sleek, black chopper ...

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