Originally created 02/24/02

Rocker will make film debut



PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - John Rocker will be flinging bodies instead of baseballs when he makes his big-screen debut as a homicidal maniac.

The controversial Texas Rangers reliever is playing a slasher-killer in movie called The Greenskeeper, Rangers spokesman John Blake confirmed Saturday.

The film, produced by Atlanta-based Ghost Man on Third Productions, was shot in October in Senoia and other golf courses in Georgia.

It follows a 20-year-old assistant greenskeeper who gathers friends for a country club birthday party, according to the movie's Web site. A killer dressed as a greenskeeper and armed with golf course tools crashes the party and disposes of naughty teens.

"It's par for the corpse," is the hook line on the Web site.

Blake said the Rangers have no problem with Rocker's role in the movie.

Filmmakers are planning a May premier in Atlanta and are looking for national distributors to avoid the straight-to-video route.