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    A radio news item today was that the same guy who produced the movie, "Ray", is now working on a biographical movie about Jackie Robinosn and that Robert Redford is involved (director? co-producer?). This may frustrate and end the plans of Spike Lee. Judging by the content of "Ray", this movie would probably be a lot deeper than the sophmoric 1952(?) "Jackie Robinson Story" which featured Jackie as himself and Ruby Dee as Rachel.

    Now who would you cast as the main characters? I personally veto Chris Rock.

  • #2
    Originally posted by strummer
    A radio news item today was that the same guy who produced the movie, "Ray", is now working on a biographical movie about Jackie Robinosn and that Robert Redford is involved (director? co-producer?). This may frustrate and end the plans of Spike Lee. Judging by the content of "Ray", this movie would probably be a lot deeper than the sophmoric 1952(?) "Jackie Robinson Story" which featured Jackie as himself and Ruby Dee as Rachel.

    Now who would you cast as the main characters? I personally veto Chris Rock.

    I would love to see Densel Washington play OUR JACKIE! Halle Berry would also be a good candidate to play Rachel.

    c.

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    • #3
      How about William Macy as Branch Rickey?

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      • #4
        I would love to have Spike Lee involved somehow. His NY roots and edge would work well with the story.

        Denzel would be great, but is he too old?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by strummer
          How about William Macy as Branch Rickey?
          It would take SIX Macys to equal one Branch Rickey!

          I think a better choice would be either Charles Durning or Wilford Brimley.

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          • #6
            Maybe "Shrek" can play Walter O'Malley.
            WRD

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            • #7
              I'd like to see Cuba Gooding Jr as Jackie.



              Will this movie be produced/directed by the same ppl as Ray? if so they will try and spend a lot of time "off the field" and into his personal life...which would suck as it would take a lot of Ebbets & Brooklyn memoirs out of the movie.

              Which stadium would you use to "re-create" Ebbets in the movie? Total prop in Hollywood or an existing park? Like Oriole park in Baltimore (with Hollywood modifications)?


              Nia Long as Rachel?



              Scott Bakula as Branch Rickey...




              As for Walter Omalley? Leslie Nielsen? haha.



              but seriously, the guy who has to play Walter O'Malley is this guy:


              actor Ronny Cox - he plays an exceptional vilan/badguy/guy you love to hate
              Last edited by dreifort; 03-30-2005, 01:45 PM.
              Son, we'd like to keep you around this season but we're going to try and win a pennant.

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              • #8
                Nice choices, Dreifort!

                Casting games like this are a lot of fun. I was stumped on Rickey, but you came up with a winner. Nia Long was also very perceptive.

                I loved Ronny Cox as evil "Dick Jones" in Robocop. That was actually a change of pace for him -- he'd always been a nice guy until then.

                But for O'Malley, I wonder if they could pork up his jowls enough. He'd have to spend a few hours in the makeup chair to get the effect!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dreifort
                  I'd like to see Cuba Gooding Jr as Jackie.



                  Will this movie be produced/directed by the same ppl as Ray? if so they will try and spend a lot of time "off the field" and into his personal life...which would suck as it would take a lot of Ebbets & Brooklyn memoirs out of the movie.

                  Which stadium would you use to "re-create" Ebbets in the movie? Total prop in Hollywood or an existing park? Like Oriole park in Baltimore (with Hollywood modifications)?


                  Nia Long as Rachel?



                  Scott Bakula as Branch Rickey...




                  As for Walter Omalley? Leslie Nielsen? haha.



                  but seriously, the guy who has to play Walter O'Malley is this guy:


                  actor Ronny Cox - he plays an exceptional vilan/badguy/guy you love to hate


                  IS it really NECESSARY to post a photo of the "Big O" on OUR Forum? Believe me, NONE of US will ever forget what he looks like, though WE are trying real hard!

                  c.

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                  • #10
                    I think BRIAN DENNEHY could really deliver as the "Big O"!

                    c.

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                    • #11
                      Tiger Stadium was used in the movie "61" and is still standing. They would have to use computer graphics to simulate the right field wall though.
                      Tiger Stadium was Bennet Field, Navin Field and Briggs Stadium before it got it's final name. It was also built one year before Ebbets Field in 1912. The steel in the Ebbets Field seats was forged in Michigan so there is a connection.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Paulmcall
                        Tiger Stadium was used in the movie "61" and is still standing. They would have to use computer graphics to simulate the right field wall though.
                        Tiger Stadium was Bennet Field, Navin Field and Briggs Stadium before it got it's final name. It was also built one year before Ebbets Field in 1912. The steel in the Ebbets Field seats was forged in Michigan so there is a connection.
                        Yeah, I said Oriole Park because it has some sorta wall structure in RF.
                        Son, we'd like to keep you around this season but we're going to try and win a pennant.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by VIBaseball
                          Casting games like this are a lot of fun. I was stumped on Rickey, but you came up with a winner. Nia Long was also very perceptive.

                          I loved Ronny Cox as evil "Dick Jones" in Robocop. That was actually a change of pace for him -- he'd always been a nice guy until then.

                          But for O'Malley, I wonder if they could pork up his jowls enough. He'd have to spend a few hours in the makeup chair to get the effect!

                          What about Jack Nicholson? hahahahaha...now that would be a character!
                          Son, we'd like to keep you around this season but we're going to try and win a pennant.

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                          • #14
                            Eddie Murphy plays Caucasians better than Caucasians do, and he can also simulate a fat person. He should be Walter O'Malley.

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                            • #15
                              Here is an article on the new JACKIE ROBINSON movie, in which Robert Redford's studios will be involved. It seems they are considering JAMIE FOXX for the JACKIE role....

                              http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...ovies_eo/16227

                              c.

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