’42′ Five Film Facts: Jackie Robinson Meets Harrison Ford’s Gutsiest Character Yet?
Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford in Warner Bros. Pictures’ '42'
A real American hero gets the big-screen treatment he deserves this weekend as the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" opens wide.
"42" encapsulates the hardships and triumphs Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) faces on his way to breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947. The drama unfolds when Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) -- looking to fill seats, win ball games, and perhaps make history -- signs Robinson to a minor league contract. As he works his way up, Robinson fights inside pitches, rampant racism, and his own desire to fight back, only to see all those challenges exponentially quantified when he finally breaks into the big leagues.
We all know that Robinson changed much more than the game of baseball, but here are Five Film Facts you may not know, but you definitely should.
Harrison Ford and Ford as Branch Rickey in '42'. Photos by Getty & Warner Bros.
1. Harrison Ford plays Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey, the visionary executive who dreamed up the plan to sign Robinson in the first place. While Rickey has guts on par with Indiana Jones and Han Solo, this is Ford like you've never seen him before. The 70-year-old actor wore a "fat suit," applied facial prosthetics, and shaved his hairline in an effort to become unrecognizable. "What helped more than anything else was the fat suit, because it gave me the sense of what it meant to maneuver at that size. The 65 years of age at the telling of this story gave me the opportunity to play a younger man, which is not going to happen much anymore," Ford said at the "42" press conference. Ford spoke to us about hiding behind his "fat suit" in the Insider Access video below.