Relatively recently, after enduring for decades as one of Hollywood’s most consistent marquee attractions, Harrison Ford reached a conclusion about himself and his future: “I had exhausted my potential as a middle-aged leading man. And I’m getting to the point where people don’t want to see me, necessarily, hit people and kiss girls. So I began looking for the next phase of my career.”
Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland’s entertaining biopic, “42,” chronicles the heroism of baseball great Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and trailblazing Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Oscar nominee Harrison Ford) who took a brave stand against prejudice and forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. The film opens this Friday and also stars Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Andre Holland, Lucas Black and Hamish Linklater.
Harrison Ford was trying on his getup for 42 — fat suit, wig, and false eyebrows that look like caterpillars squaring off — when director Brian Helgeland remarked that he could see no sign of the star.
I want to thank Harrison Ford — I’ve wanted to say that for a while. Harrison Ford. So you think you trip because I’m here? I’m tripping out — because he’s here. And look at this stage — Mr. Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman — he’s as cute as he was in the movie. Just admit it. Outstanding — as well as Brian Helgeland, who is here as well. You’re going to hear from them.
Warner Brothers Pictures and Legendary Pictures are teaming up with director Brian Helgeland for “42,” the powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. “42” stars Harrison Ford as the innovative Dodger’s general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show, and Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, the heroic African American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues.
The first thing I notice when Harrison Ford strides into the studio for our interview is, well, everything: the boyish grin on his ruggedly, still handsome face, the single earring, the scar under his chin, the whip. Okay, he has no whip. But he still possesses that piercing Indiana Jones intensity, even as he graciously shakes the hand of every assistant and grip on the set, who are left speechless in his wake.
Producers have posted a new trailer as the April 12 release date edges closer for “42,” the movie about Jackie Robinson. This longer version gives audiences a better look at the much-anticipated biopic from writer-director Brian Hegleland, who won an Oscar for the movie “L.A. Confidential” screenplay in 1997.
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