ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Fulfilling life goals and starting a career on the set of “42″

By Michelle Embree

Logan Bush appears as an extra in the movie "42". (Photo by Michelle Embree)

A life goal to meet Harrison Ford in person and a late-night Google search led junior Logan Bush to the set of the movie “42,” which tells the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball. He worked as an extra in the baseball scenes in the movie, while living at a hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. for two-and-a-half weeks.

“‘42’ was great because it was the first good thing that happened in my life for a long time,” Bush said. “It really changed my life around. While on set, I decided to go to Huntington.”

Bush transferred to the university from Southern Illinois University and is now a digital media arts major with an emphasis on film production.

Filming the scene where Robinson made his Major League debut was a memorable experience for Bush.

“It was really cool because I realized this is the closest anyone is going to get to watching him debut again,” Bush said. “I felt like I was part of the historical event, watching him come out and cheering for him.”

The scenes portraying the racial prejudice against Jackie Robinson also affected Bush. He noted how shocking it was to hear some of the things that were said, especially because this happened in real life. He also, of course, remembers the moment he first got to see Harrison Ford on June 4th, 2012, two weeks after Bush had arrived on set.

“That was surreal, I still haven’t even processed it,” said Bush.

Seeing “Star Wars” at five years old marked the beginning of Bush’s admiration for Ford, who played Han Solo in the 1977 film. It sparked his interest in film, and he began to make his own movies.

“I’d never seen anything like that,” he said. “I didn’t know movies could be so amazing.”

Bush hopes to be a screenwriter after graduation. He is currently working on a full-length script for a class.

Bush hopes to write more stories on the life of Theodore Roosevelt, 9/11 and his grandfather who achieved “the American dream” despite growing up in poverty.

“There are a lot of truths about humanity and how we work that you can find in film, and that’s what I want to tap,” Bush said. “We’ve been telling stories ever since we’ve existed.”

Though film is Bush’s main career choice, he hopes to do more than just that in his life. He wants to own restaurants, movie theaters and to fly around the world.

“I respect anyone that takes chances in life and goes beyond the normal,” he said. “I like people that don’t settle for what people say is a normal life. I like people that take chances and push themselves and follow their dreams because nothing worth gaining comes easy.”

Bush sits just a few rows back from Harrison Ford. (Photo provided)

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