Harrison Ford Hits a Home Run in "42"

With a flash of his iconic grin, Harrison Ford assured work is play, in fact, it keeps him young. But playing a historical figure for the first time in “42”, wasn’t just play, it was meaningful.

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“You give me a uniform, you give me a number on my back, and I’ll give you guts,” Robinson responded.

Rickey made it clear if Robinson didn’t resist relentless attacks, the color barrier would never disappear. Just play ball, and there will be validation and a world championship.

“Once you know the full scope of what he did, on the field and in his later work in the Civil Rights movement--you realize that his contribution to society was tremendous,” said Boseman.

Boseman, who is also a screenwriter, felt the depth of the ballplayer’s sacrifice.


“He [Robinson] doesn’t have a lot of words in difficult moments to express himself and you have to do it nonverbally. I think it’s harder to play roles like that when you have to express things in that way.”

For Ford, there were little reservations about working or challenges, that is.

“I love to work, I enjoy my work. I don’t consider it to be a challenge. Maybe a challenge for other people to deal with me,” he laughed. “It’s a problem solving business. How do you give the best expression to an idea that’s the key part of a scene? It’s fun. It’s great fun for me.”

Robinson, a six-time MVP, became the first player to erase Major League Baseball’s color line when he walked onto Ebbets Field on April 1947. April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day when players from every team will wear the No. 42.

“42” comes out in theaters on April 12.

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