Baseball biopic '42' returns to movie theaters in memory of Chadwick Boseman
Beloved actor Chadwick Boseman, who died last week after a four-year cancer battle at age 43, will be memorialized in cinemas across the country this weekend.
According to Deadline, the 2013 movie "42" - Boseman's breakthrough performance as Major League Baseball's first Black ballplayer, Jackie Robinson - is booked at 740 theaters nationwide, including in Oklahoma, in honor of the actor.
The sports biopic will play at AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Harkins and other chains. AMC will show "42" at 300 of its locations, starting today with tickets at $5 apiece.
Shortly after the actor’s death last Friday, AMC polled fans on social media about their favorite Boseman movie besides his Marvel role in "Black Panther." According to Deadline, the overwhelming response was Oscar winner Brian Helgeland's "42," about the legendary ballplayer who ended racial segregation in MLB when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
Harrison Ford, who played Dodgers executive Branch Rickey opposite Boseman's Robinson, paid eloquent tribute to the actor following his death.
"Chadwick Boseman was as compelling, powerful and truthful as the characters he chose to play," Ford said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "His intelligence, personal dignity and deep commitment inspired his colleagues and elevated the stories he told. He is as much a hero as any he played. He is loved and will be deeply missed."
As previously reported, Oklahoma native Ryan Merriman co-starred with Ford and Boseman in "42," portraying one of Robinson's primary antagonists on the Dodgers, right fielder Dixie Walker, who opposed integrating professional baseball. To read my 2013 interview with Merriman about the film, click here.