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
Kiko Sakata
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogJoe Girardi put Derek Jeter’s farewell tour ahead of the team
(113 - 9:55pm, Sep 18)
Last: Jose Can Still Seabiscuit

NewsblogOT: September 2014 College Football thread
(265 - 9:52pm, Sep 18)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

NewsblogThe Jake Peavy-Dee Gordon rivalry seems to be, um, heating up
(8 - 9:47pm, Sep 18)
Last: DCA

NewsblogOT: Politics, September, 2014: ESPN honors Daily Worker sports editor Lester Rodney
(3192 - 9:46pm, Sep 18)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-18-2014
(22 - 9:37pm, Sep 18)
Last: bobm

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread, September 2014
(269 - 9:36pm, Sep 18)
Last: The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB)

NewsblogUmpire ejects Braves fan for heckling Bryce Harper
(62 - 9:35pm, Sep 18)
Last: TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 9-18-2014
(30 - 9:19pm, Sep 18)
Last: Joey B. "disrespects the A"

NewsblogMcCarthy’s immaculate inning highlights Yankees win
(56 - 9:17pm, Sep 18)
Last: Buck Coats

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - September 2014
(271 - 8:36pm, Sep 18)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim

NewsblogKeri: How Washington Built a World Series Favorite
(2 - 8:20pm, Sep 18)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogRon Washington Departed Over Legal Issues
(88 - 7:48pm, Sep 18)
Last: AndrewJ

NewsblogJoe Girardi: ‘Pitch the right way’
(62 - 7:29pm, Sep 18)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogDave Kreiger: New Baseball Hall of Fame voting rules
(67 - 6:59pm, Sep 18)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogChris Davis Rescues Man Pinned Under Truck
(50 - 6:56pm, Sep 18)
Last: alilisd

Page rendered in 0.1876 seconds
52 querie(s) executed