Posted by Nicholas Rapp on September 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm
I remember when I was just a boy in Elementary School. There was one week during black history month where we students had to choose a topic and do a project on it (write up some minuscule amount of text in paragraph format). Well somehow, I was lucky enough to choose the topic of Jackie Robinson. This man was super human. He went to UCLA and won varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track. That’s four varsity letters, whereas most college students can’t even earn one. He actually would have been a football player if the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had not sucked the U.S into WWII.
Jackie Robinson was the first man of color to be allowed entry into the MLB. And when he got there, he was by far the best player the league had yet seen, playing in six world series out of the ten years he spent in baseball. Today he is so revered that the number 42 has been retired. Baseball players can only be seen wearing that number on April 15 (Jackie Robinson Day) on which every baseball player wears the number 42.
While he accomplished a lot, Robinson had a difficult time getting there. The racial inequality during that time was bad as ever, and he had to get through so much in order to become the man we remember him as today. That’s what I want to see: How he became the man we remember him as today. How he had the courage not to fight back.
I’ve only recently stumbled upon the trailer for this biopic, and before that, I honestly had no idea this film was even coming. The trailer offers much to be excited about. Chadwick Boseman is the actor playing Jackie Robinson, and he looks staggeringly like the man. I’m equally impressed with the similarity here as I was with Daniel Day-Lewis’ transformation into Honest Abe. Although – and this is hard for me to say – I enjoyed watching the 42 trailer way more than I did the Lincoln trailer. See for yourselves: