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.”
Harrison Ford was on the mound Monday night in front of a sold-out crowd at the Dodger Stadium in downtown Los Angeles. In honor of the Jackie Robinson Day celebration and the movie 42, the star gave the first ceremonial throw to home plate as thousands of fans at Dodger Stadium watched in awe.
The special moment didn’t have Harrison looking like a baseball player. Approaching the mound in a suit and wearing fancy shoes, it was more of a movie star type moment, but Harrison Ford did his best. The ball didn’t make the plate, bouncing before it was caught, it did get the game against the San Diego Padres started.
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.
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.
Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted this featurette on writer/director Brian Helgeland’s 42, starring Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Brad Beyer, Toby Huss and T.R. Knight.
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