Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gregory: Going Places With Chadwick Boseman

Never saw him act.

So he wasn’t exactly a safe bet to star in a major studio film about one of the most important figures in the history of American sports. But as the St. Louis Cardinals celebrated their playoff win on the field, he suddenly felt their euphoria. “I’m about to play Jackie Robinson,” he told a friend at the bar. The pal gave him an incredulous look, and Boseman filled him in on the audition and his sudden certitude. A few other friends joined the conversation, and they all decided to toast Boseman for his role: one that he didn’t have yet and probably would never get.

Except that he did. ...

The casting details:

For 42, Brian Helgeland, the writer and director (he also wrote Mystic River and L.A. Confidential, for which he won an Oscar), wanted an unknown actor in the lead. “I just have a much easier time buying into the whole thing when the actor is not very well known,” he explains, arguing that otherwise, “the audience is trying to get past the person they know and into the movie.”

This time Boseman nailed the audition—in part, Helgeland recalls, by opening with a particularly harrowing scene: an infamous incident in which Ben Chapman, manager of the rival Philadelphia Phillies, hurled a series of brutal epithets at Robinson during a game against the Dodgers. Enraged but stone-faced in public, the ballplayer smashed a bat and erupted in tears once off the field. “It was such a brave choice,” the director says, “and I thought right away, This is the guy.”

Greg Franklin Posted: February 21, 2013 at 02:21 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: 42, jackie robinson, media, movies

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. silhouetted by the sea Posted: February 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM (#4373745)
It's been years since I saw a movie in a theater (the last one was "Across The Universe") but I can't wait to see this.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
robneyer
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread August, 2014
(802 - 3:26am, Aug 30)
Last: Swedish Chef

NewsblogRockies' Troy Tulowitzki bent on playing shortstop: "I will retire before I move"
(17 - 3:14am, Aug 30)
Last: Bhaakon

NewsblogRobothal: Tension growing between Astros' manager, GM
(40 - 3:11am, Aug 30)
Last: Infinite Joost (Voxter)

NewsblogWhat's Wrong With Baseball?
(16 - 3:06am, Aug 30)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 8-29-2014
(44 - 3:03am, Aug 30)
Last: Infinite Joost (Voxter)

NewsblogDavid Justice Says Put Barry Bonds in Baseball Hall of Fame Despite Steroid Use Late In Career
(156 - 2:28am, Aug 30)
Last: Jimmy

NewsblogJesus Montero gets heckled by Mariners cross checker during rehab stint
(49 - 2:24am, Aug 30)
Last: vortex of dissipation

NewsblogIndians Sign Russell Branyan
(13 - 2:13am, Aug 30)
Last: Lindor Truffles

NewsblogWatch a Japanese baseball player try to hit a 186 mph fastball (Video)
(20 - 1:31am, Aug 30)
Last: Born1951

NewsblogAdam Jones says he was joking about 'airport' comment at social media event
(15 - 11:47pm, Aug 29)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogJonny Venters Tears UCL, Facing Third Tommy John Surgery
(18 - 10:29pm, Aug 29)
Last: BDC

NewsblogFG (Zimmerman): Alex Gordon, UZR, and Bad Left Field Defense
(43 - 10:22pm, Aug 29)
Last: BDC

NewsblogPosnanski: Alex Gordon and the M-V-P chants
(61 - 9:51pm, Aug 29)
Last: SOLockwood

NewsblogAngels beat Athletics, Oakland protests game after obstruction call
(30 - 9:18pm, Aug 29)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogOT: Politics, August 2014: DNC criticizes Christie’s economic record with baseball video
(6226 - 9:10pm, Aug 29)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

Page rendered in 0.1625 seconds
52 querie(s) executed