As if that flawless story ("The Truth") was just sitting out there waiting to get put on film. Stone plays King with such humanity, though, without making her a caricature in any way. "It was my first time playing a real person, and that person happened to be Billie Jean King", the actress said after the film's Toronto Film Festival premiere, according to IndieWire. The rest of the world falls away, and the only sounds we hear are the whoosh of nearby blow dryers and the oddly calming snips of Marilyn's scissors as she shapes Billie Jean's shag. In that film, she had to sing and dance. "She does that all the time".
He could also, he said, even see through Riggs' larger-than-life act.
GREENE: She hadn't watched it in 25 years. "You had one shot", Stone explained to the Emmy host. She's always looking forward. And it made the process very scary for us at times because we were forcing her to revisit it, and it wasn't easy. In this movie, Steve Carell portrays the role of world champion Bobby Riggs. He was dedicated to putting the "show" back in "chauvinism," insisting women excelled in only two places-the kitchen and the bedroom. While doing research on Bobby Riggs, the actor is dropped on a interview that he had given to the 60 minutes program; he then understood that behind the buffoon hiding a complex man and injured. This is the lobber versus the lever. "When I look at a tennis match, whoever wins at the end, the prize money should be equal".
FARIS: But other than that, he's a great guy.
"He said to me, 'I know you're a feminist".
Kramer is the film's real villain, and by casting Pullman - charming and full of gravitas even when he's being a prick - it makes a strong (and trenchant) statement that deeds count more than words, that the sheen of "respectability" is usually your enemy, not your friend. Did you mean for me to be feeling that emotion? It's a almost exact repeat of what Bobby Riggs believed - even though he lost. He felt like the world has passed him by. And it's not to say he wasn't a chauvinist on some level. I don't even know what... it sounds a little insane for me to say that, but I did start to put those pieces together and it was super empowering. What do you make of that? Sexism in tennis still lurks in the shadows of every court, but I doubt if anyone could ever play John McEnroe with half as much charm. When they're good it seems preordained, as if God told the story and all you had to do was write it down.
"We got that smug smile wiped right off our faces", Silverman tells CNN. "I know I'm supposed to stay out of the way, but if you could put the Original 9 in, I would love it because it's a "we" thing and not an "I" thing", King says.
DAYTON: This was one battle in a series of battles that continue.
Bobby Riggs exudes nearly everything vile about a misogynistic gambler you could think of.
A new movie, "Battle of the Sexes" (in select theaters Friday, wide release next week), delves into the match with a feel-good Hollywood vibe that touches on issues that, sadly, are still relevant 44 years later.
Or course, "Battle of the Sexes" isn't without its flaws.
DAYTON: It's a light skirmish. While Stone beautifully captures the complexity of the relationship, it was not a happy time for the tennis legend, says Faris. And we weren't fighting, we were just exploring it. Women's tennis, he said, "is so far beneath men's tennis".
"One thing about being in your 70's, you have perspective". A month later, after the elections, we have again looked at the film, we found it to be much better. Carell brings all of his well-honed physical comedy skills to the role; he's delightful when he recreates Riggs' pre-game antics (which include playing tennis when dressed as Little Bo Peep, complete with sheep).
Regardless of age, every sentient female knew Riggs wasn't just talking about tennis.
And fellow director Jonathan Dayton believes the "little distance" has helped Emma to "embrace" her character. Their new film is called "Battle Of The Sexes".