Emma Stone Imagines a World Where ‘Everyone Is Absolutely Equal’ at ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Premiere

Battle of the Sexes

Love and equality reigned supreme at Regency Village Theatre Saturday night, where stars, athletes, and tennis fanatics alike united for the Los Angeles premiere of “Battle of the Sexes.”

“[I hope we] come to a place where it doesn’t matter what gender you are, it doesn’t matter what race you are, it doesn’t matter what your sexuality is — everyone is absolutely equal. That’s humanity and that’s just the truth,” said Emma Stone, who stars as tennis legend and equal rights activist Billie Jean King in the sports biopic.

Stone recalled the difficulty of portraying a real-life figure in “Battle of the Sexes” — her first time doing so in a feature film.


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“Capturing her essence was very important to us,” she said, noting the pressure of stepping into the role of an icon.

Set in the early ‘70s, “Battle of the Sexes” chronicles the epic tennis match between King and former men’s champ Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). Privately, they’re fighting their own battles — King with her sexuality and Riggs with a gambling problem.

For husband-and-wife directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, King’s story exemplifies empowerment.

“She was married and having her first affair with a woman while she was fighting for women’s equality. And at the same time preparing for a highly publicized match with Bobby Riggs. She had all that on the line,” said Faris.

Andrea Riseborough, who plays King’s lover, praised the directors’ mission to create “a film about love that transcended gender, sexuality, age, race.”

Simon Beaufoy wrote the screenplay for the film, which also stars Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, and Alan Cumming.

“Battle of the Sexes” hits theaters Sept. 22.

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  1. John says:

    Feminists don’t care for “equality”.
    They want power over men.

  2. MovieBabble says:

    One can only hope, Emma!

  3. Jack koster says:

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  5. Sounds like a decent enough premise for a sci-fi movie with either comedic or horror undertones.

  6. Good luck with that :), just don’t come up against the bosses son, daughter, cousin ……etc.

  7. Addison DeWitt says:

    Milton Friedman. The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.

  8. TheBull says:

    She obviously doesn’t understand what she’s saying, no one is that wicked.

  9. Steve says:

    LOL. I knew the righties would be offended by the headline. Honestly, I don’t the Emma Stone is a Marxist.

  10. rotorhead1871 says:

    that is the communism manifesto……”everyone is equal”….newsflash…..!!! everyone is NOT equal….the US has it correct…everyone is created equal…..then everyone makes choices, has abilities and applies themselves,,,,,,this makes everyone NOT EQUAL….

  11. lilcooze says:

    The movie is amazing and timely and relevant and Emma and Billie Jean and the filmmakers continue to ask the right questions about what is RIGHT, NOW!

  12. John says:

    “Emma Stone Imagines a World Where ‘Everyone Is Absolutely Equal’ ”

    Emma, we already had that a few times..

    Ask Stalin & the Soviet Union.
    Ask Pol Pot & the Khme Rouge.

    It always ends in mass murder, because humans are not equal.

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