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Harrison Ford to manage the Dodgers in Jackie Robinson pic

Dec. 8, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Even though in every interview I see with him, I get the vague impression that he sort of hates acting, Harrison Ford is still taking roles in new films, and his latest is in an upcoming biopic.

He's in talks to play Branch Rickey, which may sound like the name of one of Sarah Palin's kids, but was actually the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers when Jackie Robison played. The film is called 42, and though no Robinson has been cast yet, the role of Rickey is hugely important, as he's the one who made the decision to hire a "colored" player during a time when that was unheard of. Here's his contribution according to Deadline:

It wasn’t enough to decide to break baseball’s color line; Rickey had to search for the right player and qualities that went beyond hitting, fielding, speed and a throwing arm. The first player had to be able to withstand the hostilities from bigots and segregationists not only in the stands, but in the dugouts as well. He found that player in Robinson, a star for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues who had the iron will to take the abuse without losing his composure.

After MONEYBALL, baseball GM's are so hot right now in film, and this could be a pretty big role for Ford if everything else goes right with the film. Now, who will be his Jackie? Will Will Smith try to shoot for an Oscar one more time?

Extra Tidbit: Robert Redford was being seriously considered for this part for a while.
Source: Deadline

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12:44AM on 12/12/2011
This seems like a safe, but solid choice. However, this movie should be about the first true black major league player- Moses Walker, in the 1880s.
This seems like a safe, but solid choice. However, this movie should be about the first true black major league player- Moses Walker, in the 1880s.
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3:34PM on 12/08/2011
Boring! I love Harrison Ford, but he's been choosing far too many projects in recent years that follow trends rather than setting them (e.g. submarine thrillers, lame romantic comedies, illegal immigrants in LA, sci-fi westerns - didn't he see Wild Wild West?). I wish he would go out on a limb and try something edgy and experimental, like when he did Bladerunner back in the day. Or follow Clint's example and not be afraid to tackle dark subject matter. Take some risks Harrison!
Boring! I love Harrison Ford, but he's been choosing far too many projects in recent years that follow trends rather than setting them (e.g. submarine thrillers, lame romantic comedies, illegal immigrants in LA, sci-fi westerns - didn't he see Wild Wild West?). I wish he would go out on a limb and try something edgy and experimental, like when he did Bladerunner back in the day. Or follow Clint's example and not be afraid to tackle dark subject matter. Take some risks Harrison!
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2:25PM on 12/08/2011
Now THIS is a biopic they should have made long ago. I enjoyed "The Express" yet think that race card films have run their course but this one is the exception. Harrison will be great and the story done right phenomenal.
Now THIS is a biopic they should have made long ago. I enjoyed "The Express" yet think that race card films have run their course but this one is the exception. Harrison will be great and the story done right phenomenal.
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9:22AM on 12/11/2011
You said: "race card films have run their course."

Many people of color (black, Asian, non-white Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians) may disagree with you since we don't carry the white male privilege as you do. (Contrary to belief, we AREN'T living in a post-racial society. We only have to look elsewhere on the internet, even sometimes Joblo.com to see that).

However, I do agree that seeing Harrison Ford in this role will be interesting.
You said: "race card films have run their course."

Many people of color (black, Asian, non-white Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians) may disagree with you since we don't carry the white male privilege as you do. (Contrary to belief, we AREN'T living in a post-racial society. We only have to look elsewhere on the internet, even sometimes Joblo.com to see that).

However, I do agree that seeing Harrison Ford in this role will be interesting.
2:22PM on 12/08/2011
I'm voting Columbus Short for Jackie. He looks similar enough and is the right age, also has displayed a lot of range and charisma.
I'm voting Columbus Short for Jackie. He looks similar enough and is the right age, also has displayed a lot of range and charisma.
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1:49PM on 12/08/2011

John Goodman as Branch Rickey

If you look at pictures of the Dodgers former manager, the choice is clear.

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If you look at pictures of the Dodgers former manager, the choice is clear.

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1:54PM on 12/08/2011
Holy Crap! Goodman's long lost relative? I agree with you.
Holy Crap! Goodman's long lost relative? I agree with you.
2:21PM on 12/08/2011
Edward Hermann would be the best choice if you're going for physical similarities.
Edward Hermann would be the best choice if you're going for physical similarities.
12:57PM on 12/08/2011

Nelsan Ellis as Jackie Robinson

anyone who has seen True Blood knows that guy is a great actor and deserves a shot at the big time. Nevertheless I'm staying neutral because Harrison Ford hasn't had the greatest taste in movies recently.
anyone who has seen True Blood knows that guy is a great actor and deserves a shot at the big time. Nevertheless I'm staying neutral because Harrison Ford hasn't had the greatest taste in movies recently.
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