Critics are taking Cinderella Man director Ron Howard to task for downplaying the significance of Jewish boxer Max Baer in the film. Craig Bierko portrays Baer as a clownish wrecking ball with fists who shows no remorse for killing a man in the ring, but Hollywood has it all wrong. Shocking, we know.
Baer’s son, Max Jr., (who played hunky hick Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies) says they “distorted his [father’s] character” and discredit Baer’s entire career by dismissing how in 1933, he lead a Jewish pride revolution by sporting a huge mogen david on his trunks and pounding Nazi darling Max Schmeling into the floor for ten rounds.
Granted, Cinderella Man focuses on the life of Jimmy Braddock, and a director has only so many minutes to tell a story before sugar-addled American audiences get distracted. But when does Baer get his own movie? Weinstein brothers, where art thou?
photo c/o Slate.