Harrison Ford Among Guests of Honor at White House Screening of ’42′

Kara Warner
Senior Reporter
Movie Talk

Mr. Harrison Ford was a guest at the White House on Tuesday, thanks to his role in the new movie "42", the groundbreaking story of the first African-American professional baseball player Jackie Robinson.

According to Politico, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a special screening of the film to which she invited Ford and his co-star Chadwick Boseman, who plays the American sports legend Robinson, along with other members of the cast and crew.

Robinson's 90-year-old widow Rachel was also in attendance as well as 80 lucky high school and college students from across the country who were invited to attend and take part in an interactive discussion about the film following the screening.

The First Lady thanked all of her special guests, particularly Rachel Robinson whom she claimed to be "in awe of" for her strength, conviction and courage. Mrs. Obama encouraged everyone to see the film, especially her two daughters.

"Now, the President and I, we watched this movie over the weekend," she told the audience. "It was just us, because our girls were away. And they are definitely going to watch this movie. We think that everybody in this country needs to watch this movie. And I can say with all sincerity that it was truly powerful for us. I don't know about you, but we walked away from that just visibly, physically moved by the experience of the movie, of the story."

In "42" Ford plays innovative Hall of Fame-inducted baseball executive Branch Rickey, whose momentous 1945 decision to sign Robinson to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers finally broke the league's color line. The move was met with controversy and the film, which opens everywhere April 12, follows Rickey and Robinson's struggle to convince the public otherwise.

"42" is one of many films that have been screened for an audience at the White House, including "Lincoln" last November and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" last month.

Watch the theatrical trailer for '42':