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Getting it right in '42'

The Jackie Robinson film was a nonstop two-year project for Brian Helgeland

Originally Published: April 12, 2013
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Some writers prefer a mountain retreat or an ocean view with a majestic sunset when they're searching for inspiration. Brian Helgeland, the director, screenwriter and creative force behind the Jackie Robinson biopic "42," found his artistic vision on a bus ride from Massachusetts to New York in the spring of 2011.

As Helgeland tells it, his octogenarian father called one day out of the blue because he wanted to take a nostalgic trip to his boyhood home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Thomas ...

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