Sportswriter and friend of On Point David Steele — who joined us for our show on “42,” the new film about Jackie Robinson — just wrote a great piece on the film over on AOL Sporting News, incorporating the insight he got from the discussion with writer-director Brian Helgeland on our show.
In an interview Monday on the National Public Radio talk show “On Point,” Helgeland credited that approach to Robinson’s widow, Rachel, who was in on the script from the beginning. It shows.
The result, Helgeland said, was a depiction of “10,000 small acts of bravery that turned into one big act of bravery.” In doing so, the movie unveils example after example of incidents from Robinson’s life that are very recognizable to those who have been immersed in his story for years—and are sure to make newcomers to the full telling of his life and younger viewers recoil in shock.
“42” gets those incidents right.