42: Chadwick Boseman Hits a Home Run in Jackie Robinson Biopic

Movies & TV

By: / April 11, 2013

Newcomer Chadwick Boseman landed the role of a lifetime when he was cast as No. 42 — the jersey number of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who changed the game forever.

Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first African-American to play in the MLB in the 1900s, after joining the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

“A pitfall is that you already know the story,” says Boseman of attacking the role. “You can play him like he’s an icon, or put him on a pedestal… and not show him moment to moment, who he is, in each breath… and, so, trying to not get ahead of the story, is the major challenge. “

Robinson died in 1972 at the age of 53. Before his death, the Dodgers won six pennants in his 10 seasons with the team. There are some stories that even Hollywood can’t dream up.