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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Harrison Ford goes extra innings for Branch Rickey role

Thinking about the devil is worse than seeing The Devil’s Own.

Growing up in Chicago, Harrison Ford was always more of a Cubs fan than a Brooklyn Dodgers guy.

But after preparing for his role as baseball pioneer Branch Rickey, Ford found himself in a New York state of mind.

“The more research I did, the more impressed I was,” says Ford, who stars in 42, the story of Dodgers general manager Rickey and Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 (and wore the title number on his uniform).

The film, out April 12, stars Chadwick Boseman (The Express) as Robinson, who became close friends with Rickey after the general manager signed him to a minor league contract in 1945. Two years later, Robinson made his debut with the Dodgers, breaking an unwritten no-blacks rule followed by every major league team since the 1880s.

...Ford combed through press clippings and news footage of Rickey to prepare for the role, one of his few non-fiction characters.

“Anything I could find, I used,” Ford says. “I discovered he did things too numerous to count.”

His achievements included creating the framework for baseball’s modern-day farm system and drafting one of the sport’s first Hispanic superstars in Roberto Clemente.

“It’s hard to remember the difficulty between the races” in baseball in the 1940s, Ford says. Robinson and Rickey shared “an ethical conviction. Their story demonstrates the best of American character.”

Repoz Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:10 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Sleepy's still holding up that little wild bouquet Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM (#4240736)
“It’s hard to remember the difficulty between the races” in baseball in the 1940s, Ford says.


Wow, Ford was actually alive in the 40's (born in '42). I didn't realize he was that old.
   2. McCoy Posted: September 20, 2012 at 01:06 AM (#4240785)
My great great Aunt went to high school with Harrison Ford. That is all.
   3. SteveM. Posted: September 20, 2012 at 03:04 AM (#4240816)
I went and saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in the theater tonight. Took me back to when my dad took me to see it when it came out. Still damn good movie.
   4. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: September 20, 2012 at 07:06 AM (#4240836)
...Ford combed through press clippings and news footage of Rickey to prepare for the role, one of his few non-fiction characters.

“Anything I could find, I used,” Ford says. “I discovered he did things too numerous to count.”


Was SABR involved in this at all? There is no reason for a baseball bio-pic to get made that doesn't have "and special thanks to the Society for American Baseball Research" in the end credits. I'm sure a call to someone at SABR by the studio could have put Ford in touch with an expert on Rickey. While Ford would still need to work there would be this great resource for him to use to really nail the role and make the picture the best it could be.
   5. Arch Stanton Posted: September 20, 2012 at 07:58 AM (#4240849)
Director: Mr. Ford, you need to work more on your character. You could work around the clock-

Ford: I ALREADY WORK AROUND THE CLOCK!
   6. SOLockwood Posted: September 20, 2012 at 09:25 AM (#4240891)
one of the sport’s first Hispanic superstars in Roberto Clemente.


Dolf Luque
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/luquedo01.shtml

says, "Hey, over here pendejo!"
   7. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: September 20, 2012 at 09:30 AM (#4240897)
SOLockwood,

What do the words "one of the first" mean to you?
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM (#4240948)
"I've got a bad feeling about this."
   9. RMc's Yelling Mob of Hackmen Posted: September 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM (#4241088)
Harrison Ford was always more of a Cubs fan than a Brooklyn Dodgers guy.

Two days after Harrison Ford was born, the Cubs hosted the Dodgers.

They lost.

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