New Upcoming Movie About Jackie Robinson ’42’ Will Challenge is to Do Better
The new and upcoming biopic for legendary and iconic ball player called “42,” will depict the life of Major League Baseball’s first African American player, is made possible by his widow.
The wife of Rachel Robinson, who owns the rights to her late husband’s story, had many questions about how the director Brian Helgeland would envision the biopic for the big screen. The movie will only depict a two year span of Jackie’s life which would be the year he broke the color barrier in 1947, and the year preceding it. This sounds significant but here are her concerns from the director:
“Initially she wanted a greater breadth to the story as far as seeing him after baseball and before baseball,” Helgeland told us during a press conference for the film over the weekend. “You can make movies about both those [time periods] also, but what I said was that the passage of time in a movie is the enemy of the drama of the movie, and I talked to her about focusing on 1946 and 47, which she agreed to.”
AT2W’s Take: We saw the preview to the Jackie Robinson’s biopic and its going to be a good one. We can see from the previews that it will, of course, focus on the life and struggles of being the first Black ball player in an era where his white counterparts nearly refused to have him a part of the game.
One thing that concerns us is that though we agree that without his struggle, other players after him would not have the opportunity, its still puts blacks in the position of just being that: entertainers. Don’t get us wrong. We have as blacks have become precedent in this society from the struggling backs of others before us. This can not be appreciated enough. We just think that once we started to break into these sport positions and have ultimately dominated the sports like, football, basketball, baseball, etc., it still gives us this stigma that we are being paid very well to entertain and not use our intellect instead. In our opinion, sports continues to be a form of slavery like the music entertainment industry. The industry’s big executives pay us well to perform well, while we compromise our lives for a life of just wanting to do such and not become business owners. We are not downplaying those who play ball, we just want to break free of the stereotypes that we have to be bought or entertain to become very successful.
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