Spike Lee’s ‘Jackie Robinson’ Is A Complex Biopic That Needs To Be Made

Spike Lee’s ‘Jackie Robinson’ Is A Complex Biopic That Needs To Be Made
In 1992, Spike Lee released the Denzel Washington-fronted masterpiece “Malcolm X.” By 1996, the famed-director knew his next subject. “Jackie Robinson, 53 years old, hair completely white, sits back in his easy chair,” his script reads. But by the time he completed the fifth draft of his Jackie Robinson biopic, adapted from the ballplayer’s autobiography, “I Never Had it Made,” Washington declined the part by admitting he’d be too old to play the pioneer.

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