Playing a living legend like Jackie Robinson on the big screen would be enough to intimidate even the most seasoned actor, but for Chadwick Boseman, it was all in a day's work. Even if some of those days meant trying not to the role get under his skin while shooting uncomfortable, emotionally-charged scenes.
"I needed a safe space to come down from it," the actor says. He reveals that, while shooting the film's most talked-about moment, in which the manager of a rival team relentlessly heckles him with racist slurs, he decided not to speak to his co-stars until the scene was in the can.
First-time leading man Boseman talks to BET.com about filling Robinson's uniform, justifying the use of the N-word and why 42 is the grittiest portrayal of Robinson's life to ever hit the big screen.
Plus, for fun, the up-and-comer gives us a glimpse into his personal life by playing our quickfire game.
Check out the video below to learn more about this rising star. 42 opens nationwide in theaters on April 12.
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