Battle of the Sexes: “Like Billie Jean King, Emma Stone is at the top of her career”

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The makers of the film tell us about the star and her first post-Oscar role.

Battle of the Sexes will be broadcast this evening on France 3, in the second part of the evening. This well-researched film about tennis, which also offers interesting reflections on the passion for the game, feminism and homosexuality, while being often funny and always endearing (read the review below), was released in cinemas in 2017 We had met its directors, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Daytonwho especially told us about their main actress, Emma Stonefully invested in the role of champion Billie Jean King against a Steve Carell exuberant at will in the skin of Bobby Riggs, a former gambler addicted to bets who challenged the young woman on the court.

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To fully understand the commitment of the actress then 29 years old, we must go back a little. April 2015, the director duo of Little Miss Sunshine is hired by Fox Searchlight to trace this historic tennis match (it is still today the most watched in the history of American tennis) between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Rapidly, Emma Stone shows interest in the project, but she has to abandon it in September because of her busy schedule (at the time she was retained on the set of La La Land). She will eventually confirm her involvement in the project in November, then undergo intensive training for several months in order to slip into the skin of the player, thus transforming herself physically to resemble her model. Shooting took place in the spring of 2016, and less than a year later, Emma received the Best Actress statuette for the musical Damien Chazelle. This is his first role “post-Oscar”, even if the film was shot before the ceremony.

For the directors, the actress is currently “at the top of his career”as her role model, which helped her immerse herself in the role. “Emma is a great actress, and she also brings what she is to this role, begins Dayton. Her kindness, the way she cares about people and the world around her. She shares these qualities with Billie Jean, it fit the role perfectly.Faris confirms: “She absolutely wanted to make this film. When we met her, she told us: ‘It’s the first time I’ve played someone real, and that scares me.’ But I think she loved this challenge. She knew she would have a lot of preparation, she still did bodybuilding for 4 months to feel in her body what it is to be an athlete. is totally invested in this role. She studied the life of Billie Jean, she read and saw everything that spoke of her and of this period. (…) What is great is that she is today oday in the same position as Billie Jean, she is at the top of her career. She can therefore use her notoriety to convey messages that are close to her heart. She also talks about equal pay, the film industry. When someone reaches such a level in their field, their voice matters and they can influence the world. I think they feel that responsibility right now. She is the perfect person to speak on these topics.”

Trailer of Battle of the Sexes to (re)see at 11:45 p.m. on France 3:

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