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Actor Chadwick Boseman has played numerous historical figures in recent years, including legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson in the film 42. As we know, Robinson was the first Black athlete to play in the major leagues. He joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, and 42 depicts the player’s foray to the famous team. While it was generally well-received, the PG-13 film was criticized for being a highly sanitized depiction of real-life events. But Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow, was more than pleased with the final result. Seeing the film reminded her of the difficult times she and her husband went through, but also of the many joyful moments they experienced through all of the struggle.  Here are some secrets behind the making of 42.

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