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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (KSHB) — The talk at any Hollywood premiere sometimes can focus more on the stars rather than the story behind the movie.
But at the Kansas City premiere of the new Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” the conversation focused on a man who changed history by stepping on a baseball field 66 years ago.
Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson in the film.
“There’s pressure because a lot of people have a stake in it and its pressure because you want to live up to the family as well.”
Several members of the Robinson family were in town for the premiere Thursday night.
“He saw himself as a common man,” said David Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s son.
David said he has seen the film several times and was surprised by how historically accurate it is.
“You’ll see the white only signs (in the movie).You won’t see that type of discrimination today. You won’t see that type of exclusion so formally today, but the issues are same of division exist and they are harder to see,” he said.
Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, said he hopes “42” inspires people to see the museum.
“The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is Kansas City’s gift to the rest of the world so now an opportunity like this gives the world a chance to know about our existence and we hope to parlay that into greater numbers to come see us.”
Harrison Ford, who played Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, said he felt it was important to share Robinson’s story with a new generation.
“Being part of a movie that has an important story to tell and remind our young people as much as anybody of the strides we’ve made how short a period of time ago it was.”