Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey in ’42’: ‘I didn’t want to play Harrison Ford’

Harrison Ford is emerging as a formidable awards contender for his role in “42,” as demonstrated today by his nomination at the Satellite Awards. It’s a courageous screen turn. Rarely do we see Hollywood’s leading men take on a colorful character role in the supporting slot, but Ford appreciated the challenge.

Branch Rickey was general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers when Jackie Robinson was brought in to white baseball,” he tells Gold Derby. “At that time there was tremendous resistance to integrating baseball. Rickey had strong moral conviction that not only would this be important for baseball, but it would be very important for America.”

On performing the role, he adds, “It was fun for me. I thought the story was really important and emotionally compelling. The kids today are growing up with just a few words in the history books around Jackie Robinson. They need to know what a short period of time there has been since these behaviors were acceptable in our society.”

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