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HarrisFord as Branch Rickey '42.'

Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey in "42."

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While playing Branch Rickey in “42,” Harrison Ford wanted to make sure he didn’t look like his famous roles of the past.

“What really helped me was the fat suit. It really gave me a sense of what it meant to maneuver at that size,” he says. “I wanted a new look because I didn’t want the audience to feel as if they knew me from some previous movie experience.”

Now 70, he was playing a man of 65, which meant something else in 1947.

“I remember my father and other men that age. We’re lucky now that we eat better,” Ford says. “To be 65 in those days was an older man. Let’s just say the guy in the movie wasn’t hale and hearty.”

Ford won’t talk about rumors he’ll be back as Han Solo or Indiana Jones, but he’s been giving thought to what he wants in his career.

“I understand the sheer capacity of what success means in the business of making movies,” he says. “And I don’t mean box office success. It’s about doing quality movies like ‘42.’

“I wanted to be part of something great, and I think ‘42’ is exactly that.”

Cindy Pearlman, Big Picture News Inc.

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