Chadwick Boseman Brings Jackie Robinson to H’wood With ’42’

Chadwick Boseman, Calista Flockhart and Harrison
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Thesp learned the iconic player's moves on a Slip 'N Slide

Chadwick Boseman, surrounded by images of Jackie Robinson’s fearless slide into home, allowed that mastering the move wasn’t easy.

“I had to re-learn how to slide on a Slip ‘N Slide and I had to learn his sliding technique with the fist up,” he admitted at the April 9 afterparty for Warner Bros’ Robinson biopic, “42,” following the premiere at the Chinese Theater. “He played baseball as if it were football, which he had played at UCLA,”  Boseman noted. “And he had an injury to his right ankle so he would never slide on his right side.”

Party decorations replicated Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, where Robinson began his major league career in 1947. Director Brian Helgeland recalled how Chattanooga’s Engel Stadium doubled for Ebbets, Forbes Field in Pittsburgh and Shibe Park in Philadlephia.

“Engel Stadium has such a great look for that era,” he noted. “We also rounded up just about every 1940s car that there was in the south.”

Helgeland, who grew up in New England, admitted that he’s also pleased over how the Boston Red Sox have started the year. “They’re going to win the pennant this year,” he promised.

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