The actor shares how he convinced director Brian Helgeland to hire him as a character actor in the biopic of Jackie Robinson. "I wanted to do it because it is the kind of role I've always wanted to play," says Harrison.
THR's awards analyst sat down with the 71-year-old, who is in contention for the second Oscar nomination of his career -- and first in 28 years -- for his portrayal of Branch Rickey in last spring's blockbuster Jackie Robinson biopic. READ MORE
The actor shares how he convinced director Brian Helgeland to hire him as a character actor in the biopic of Jackie Robinson. "I wanted to do it because it is the kind of role I've always wanted to play," says Harrison. READ MORE
"42" and "The Help" had white helmers; "The Butler" and "12 Years a Slave" didn't. The Oscar-nominated director questions the studios' motives in telling black stories with scant African-American input: "It's as if the studios are saying, 'We want it black, just not that black.' " READ MORE
The DreamWorks Animation chief, in accepting the Anti-Defamation League's award before an industry crowd, cited Warner Bros.' and Legendary's "42" as an example of how "frame by frame, change happens.” READ MORE
UPDATED: Universal's sci-fi epic earns the actor his best North American opening outside of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise and "War of the Worlds"; "G.I. Joe" crosses the $300 million mark internationally after debuting in China to a stellar $33 million.
'42' tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.