*Harrison Ford never really cared much for baseball.
The actor, born and raised in Chicago, says he only went to Wrigley Field once as a kid, and remembers way more details about the stadium than the actual game.
“It was such a vivid, visual image in my mind, still, of that square of improbable grass in the middle of the city,” the 70-year-old Hollywood star recalled. “But I never followed baseball very much as a kid, never followed sports.”
By his senior year in college, Ford’s passion was squarely in acting. He went on to blaze a trail through Hollywood playing such iconic roles as Han Solo in “Star Wars,” Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and Rick Deckard in “Blade Runner.”
Ford hopes to draw just as much attention for his latest role in Warner Bros’ “42” as Branch Rickey, the real life Major League Baseball exec who broke the sport’s color barrier by signing African American athlete Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s.
Below, the actor who never gave baseball a second glance, insisted that his portrayal of Rickey be as accurate as possible – not just in the executive’s passion for baseball (he also set the framework for the modern minor league farm system and introduced the batting helmet), but also in his physical appearance.
Below, Ford explains why it was important for him to remove all traces and recollections of Harrison Ford from this particular role.
“42” opens in theaters nationwide on April 12. Watch the trailer below.