By Alynda Wheat Paul Chi
April 29, 2013 12:00 PM


Hollywood’s new major leaguer

The South Carolina native steps up to the plate as Jackie Robinson in 42. “I’ve been having lots of ‘Oh my gosh’ moments,” he says—starting when he met costar Harrison Ford: “He came to my baseball practice.”

How he trained

“I played Little League, but I had to relearn everything,” he says. He worked for four months to emulate Robinson’s batting and running style.

Taking the hits

After filming slides, “I got strawberry bruises.” So he did what pros do and took to his bathtub. “I had an excuse to relax without feeling guilty!”