Rain moves filming of ‘42’ to InTown Macon neighborhood

lbibb@macon.comJune 11, 2012 

Production crews in Macon to film a movie about Jackie Robinson have a little bit in common with postal carriers.

A little rain won’t keep them from their day’s mission.

Despite an early morning deluge Monday and sporadic showers afterward, cameras for the movie ‘42’ were still rolling during the day.

“There’s no such thing as being rained out in the movie business,” said Ernie Malik, the movie’s publicist.

The cast and crew set up to film indoor scenes at a house on the corner of High and Orange streets late Monday afternoon.

Antique cars lined High Street, transforming it into an affluent black neighborhood in Florida where Jackie Robinson and his wife spent time during spring training in 1946.

Porches on High Street were packed with curious onlookers Monday afternoon, and neighborhood resident Kay Gerhardt said it was nice to see so many people out of their houses.

“It’s really brought the neighborhood together,” she said.

The ‘42’ filming schedule includes a provision for rain each day. The cast also filmed locker room scenes Monday in a building at Central City Park, and they will shoot more indoor scenes Tuesday in the event of rain.

If the wet weather continues, the rain-making machines set up last Friday may not be necessary, Malik said.

“They’d love to get out and shoot in the rain,” he said.

Malik explained that scenes can be shot in natural rain, but the rain-making rigs are in place in case the rain stops during filming.

Filming for the Robinson biopic began in Macon at a service station on Upper River Road last week and continued at Luther Williams Field on Friday.

The movie tells the life story of Robinson, who broke the major league baseball color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. It is named for Robinson’s jersey number, which has since been retired.

Newcomer Chadwick Boseman stars as Robinson, and Harrison Ford plays Dodgers President Branch Rickey. Stars Christopher Meloni and Lucas Black are also featured in the film, which is written and directed by Brian Helgeland, who won an Academy Award for best screenplay in 1997 for “L.A. Confidential.”

Ford has been spotted around Macon since his arrival, dining at Natalia’s last Thursday and enjoying a burger with Meloni at The Rookery on Sunday.

Malik said he could not disclose how long Ford and Meloni will be in Macon, but filming is set to continue for another week at least.

To contact writer Liz Bibb, call 744-4425.

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