Time Warner Inc. and the Smithsonian Welcome Chadwick Boseman, Star of the
Event Takes Place on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15^th, the 66^th Anniversary
of His First Appearance as a Brooklyn Dodger
WASHINGTON -- April 4, 2013
Time Warner Inc. and Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will
celebrate Jackie Robinson Day by hosting a special screening of Warner Bros.
Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ new film “42.” The screening will be held at
the Warner Bros. Theatre on Monday, April 15, in Washington, DC. “42,” the
true story of American legend Jackie Robinson, opens nationwide on Friday,
April 12, 2013.
Actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrays Jackie Robinson in the film, will join
National Museum of American History Director John Gray and Curator Eric
Jentsch to introduce the film and present several objects from the Smithsonian
collection that relate to Jackie Robinson. The pieces include a signed
baseball, a program with Robinson on the cover and an original trading card.
After the movie, Mr. Boseman will participate in an onstage interview session
with Lonny Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African
American History and Culture.
Photos from the event will be available via wire service.
Academy Award^® winner Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) wrote and
directed the drama “42,” starring Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) and Oscar^®
nominee Harrison Ford (“Witness”).
Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about
achievements on the field of play. “42” tells the story of two men—the great
Jackie Robinson and trailblazing Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave
stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of
In 1947, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed
Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball’s
infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the
firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing blatant racism
from every side, even his own team, Robinson was forced to demonstrate
tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any
incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his
talent on the field do the talking—ultimately winning over fans and his
teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow.
In 1997, Major League Baseball retired the number 42 for all teams, making it
the first number in sports to be universally retired. The only exception is
every year on April 15^th—Jackie Robinson Day—commemorating the date of his
first game as a Brooklyn Dodger. On that day alone, players from every team
proudly wear the number 42 to honor the man who altered the course of history.
Rounding out the main cast of “42” are Nicole Beharie as Rachel Robinson,
Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher, Andre Holland as Wendell Smith, Lucas
Black as Pee Wee Reese, Hamish Linklater as Ralph Branca, and Ryan Merriman as
The film is produced by Thomas Tull, with Dick Cook, Jon Jashni and Jason
Clark serving as executive producers, and Darryl Pryor and Jillian Zaks
Helgeland's behind-the-scenes collaborators included Oscar^®-nominated
director of photography Don Burgess (“Forrest Gump”), production designer
Richard Hoover, costume designer Caroline Harris, and editors Kevin Stitt and
Peter McNulty. The music is composed by Oscar^® nominee Mark Isham (“A River
Runs Through It”).
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Legendary Pictures
Production, a Brian Helgeland film, “42.” Slated for release April 12, 2013,
the film will open in time to commemorate the 66th anniversary of Jackie
Robinson Day—April 15, the date of his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger. This
film has been rated PG-13 for thematic elements, including language.
Watch the trailer at www.42movie.com.
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