published Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Harrison Ford baseball film promises to draw attention to Chattanooga

Chattanooga, already renowned for things such as our scenic landscape, the Volkswagen plant at Enterprise South industrial park and a strong volunteer spirit, is about to become the setting for a major film with an A-list actor.

Harrison Ford, one of Hollywood's biggest stars for decades, will be in a locally made movie about major league baseball player Jackie Robinson. Filming is slated for May through July, and it will take place mainly at historic Engel Stadium.

It will be "the biggest film project ever to hit Chattanooga," according to Missy Crutchfield, the city's administrator for the Department of Education, Arts and Culture.

The film company, Legendary Pictures, plans to spend a "significant amount" of money on renovations at the stadium, she added.

That's good news for the stadium, and the attention that the film and Ford's participation will bring to Chattanooga is good news for us all.

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shifarobe said...

This city sucks as far as utilizing local artists. If it's not from out of town or already famous forget it.

March 15, 2012 at 6:48 a.m.
shoe_chucker said...

I hope Mr. Ford doesn't read the online TFP and see the RWNJ comments, he might change his mind.

Political views

Like his parents, Ford is a lifelong Democrat,[56] and a close friend of former President Bill Clinton.[19]

On September 7, 1995, Ford testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of the Dalai Lama and an independent Tibet, and was banned thereafter by the Chinese government from entering Tibet and China.[57][58] In 2008, he narrated the documentary Dalai Lama Renaissance.[citation needed]

In 2003, he publicly condemned the Iraq War and called for "regime change" in the United States. He also criticized Hollywood for making violent movies, and called for more gun control in the United States.[59] He opposed the recall of Californian Governor Gray Davis, and stated in an interview that replacing Davis with Arnold Schwarzenegger would be a mistake.

March 15, 2012 at 10:32 p.m.
328Kwebsite said...

We are counting the minutes for Mayor Littlefield and his real estate crony clique to screw this up. Maybe Harrison Ford will get billed $50 for trying to use the Public Library. Or maybe he'll discover a homeless person living in Engel Stadium.

March 16, 2012 at 12:02 a.m.
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