Emma Stone and Steve Carell in 'Battle of the Sexes'

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"I helped her out with the tennis, but we didn't spend too much time together". With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.

And while all of this was going on she was also having an internal battle over her sexuality; these two story lines throw up interesting scenarios in the film, as in her personal life she was the "alpha male" and her husband was submissive but when it came to tennis politics she found it hard to be in control.

"This is me, I guess", the 28-year-old said, gesturing toward the drawing with a laugh.

"I wanted it that way", she says about the lesbian content, on the phone from Los Angeles after the film's premiere at TIFF last week.

Natalie Morales, who plays Casals in the film, was inserted into the footage with Cosell through the magic of visual effects.

"She was married and having her first affair with a woman while she was fighting for women's equality".

Cut to 2017 as Sloane Stephens won her first Grand Slam singles title at the U.S. Open, winning a cool $3.7 million.




Toward the end of the Team Billie Jean session, a question was raised about one of the most poignant, yet quiet moments in the film. Riggs soundly beat her in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

"[Acting] helped me so much, improv helped me so much", she told Colbert.

"And he kept putting his arm around her", I add.

So, it seems, this film not only has the blessing of the woman it's portraying, but even gets the things that are invented for the sake of dramatization very, very right.

"Battle of the Sexes" is out Friday in limited release. Perhaps. But there are also choices made in how many times you want to underline and restate those facts.

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