The daughter of a professional baseball player is demanding an apology from the producers behind a new Jackie Robinson biopic over allegations her father is falsely portrayed as racist in the film. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Fritz Ostermueller, who is played by Linc Hand, hurls a baseball at Robinson's head in sports drama 42 and shouts at him, "You don't belong here!" in one pivotal scene.
However, Ostermueller's daughter, Sherrill, is adamant her father was a "good man" who never lashed out violently.
She tells TMZ.com, "The producers of 42 certainly owe my father an apology. If they were going to portray my father falsely, they should have used a fictional name. I have the deepest respect for Jackie Robinson and the courage he had to change baseball. My dad, to my knowledge, was not a racist. I was not raised in that type of home."
Fritz Ostermueller died in 1957, aged 50.
Hollywood newcomer Chadwick Boseman stars as African-American sports hero Robinson in the film.
Just imagine Prison Break’s Michael Scofield and his band of brothers walking the streets of Los Angeles, I certainly can’t. T-Bag at the Hollywood Bowl? Linc stuck in a traffic jam on the 101? Sucre at the Getty? Okay, so maybe they won’t be visiting Hollywood’s hotspots, but it’s still going to be a sight to see.
As an avid PB watcher for the past three seasons, it’s no surprise the writers are hitting the reset button once again, or as star Wentworth Miller would say, “We take what we already know works and toss it out the window at the start of every season.”
It’s not completely out with the old (heck even Dr. Sara Tancredi’s coming back) and in with the new for season four, but luckily I had Miller (aka Scofield) on hand to break it down for us.
You’re never in good company when you’re with The Company:
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering why in the world the gang left Panama for Los Angeles, but leave it to Miller to explain the reasoning without skipping a beat, “It’s finally time to take on the puppet master. I think at this point, we’ve battled many serious advisories - Gretchen B., Agent Kellerman, etc., etc. Michael in season two had that great face-to-face with the president of the United States and you really thought that this was going to be the end of the journey. It turns out someone else was pulling the strings…I think what the team realizes…that they can no longer flee. It’s time to stand and fight.”