When Jackie Robinson broke major league baseball’s color barrier in 1947, he did so with uncommon grace and humility.
It’s a good bet that Robinson wouldn’t have cared much for Tuesday night’s glittery red carpet premiere of “42,” held at the famed Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. But stars of film and sports turned out nevertheless to celebrate Robinson and the movie that tells his all-important story.
Made with the blessing of Robinson’s widow, Rachel, the bio-flick from writer-director Brian Helgeland, the Oscar-winning writer of “L.A. Confidential,” focuses on the relationship between Robinson, played by newcomer Chadwick Boseman, and the man who signed him, Brooklyn Dodgers president and general manager Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford.
At the premiere, Blitz caught up with baseball greats including Ken Griffey Jr., Orlando Cepeda, Joe Morgan and Rich “Goose” Gossage, as well as Dodgers superfan Alyssa Milano, Clippers forward Matt Barnes and cast and crew members to discuss the significance of the late, great No. 42 and the cinematic retelling of his courageous feat -- that is, when we weren’t too busy gawking at the guy who starred in a few indie films like “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark."