Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter Ford name-checked “42,” the 2013 Jackie Robinson biopic, as a film he’s “proud of.” He played Branch Rickey, one-time owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers who signed Robinson onto the team. Now, “42” wasn’t a failure, earning a solid gross and reviews. Even so, it will definitely be remembered more for Chadwick Boseman’s lead performance than Ford’s supporting one, especially since the former is no longer with us. In a separate THR interview Ford said of his late co-star:
“Chadwick Boseman was as compelling, powerful, and truthful as the characters he chose to play. His intelligence, personal dignity, and deep commitment inspired his colleagues and elevated the stories he told. He is as much a hero as any he played. He is loved and will be deeply missed.”
Ford also described “K-19: The Widowmaker,” a bonafide flop, as one of his prouder moments onscreen. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Ford played Soviet Submarine Captain Alexei Vostrikov (a roman à clef for Nikolai Vladimirovich Zateyev). Quite the opposite of Ford’s previous role as President James Marshall in “Air Force One,” who defeats Russian terrorists hand-to-hand.