Alan Cumming Stunned by Emma Stone’s ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Transformation

Alan Cumming Stunned by Emma Stone’s ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Transformation

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Alan Cumming almost didn’t recognize Emma Stone when they reunited for new movie Battle Of The Sexes because the typically-svelte actress had transformed into “a little tank”.

The La La Land star portrays bisexual athlete and women’s rights icon Billie Jean King in the biopic, which revolves around the tennis great’s famous 1973 exhibition match with Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carell.

Alan had previously gotten to know Emma while co-starring in Broadway’s Cabaret together back in 2014, but she looked nothing like her skinny self when the pair reported for duty on the sports film.

“She is a genius that girl, love her,” the Scottish actor gushed on Live with Kelly and Ryan. “She’s so great. And ’cause she went to the gym and that, she got chunkier, because she’s such a sort of sylph (slender person).

“She’d done Cabaret with me on Broadway and she’s like a skinny marink (sic) and the next time I saw her she was like a little tank!”

Although Cumming was impressed by Emma’s bulked-up figure, he wasn’t so taken with her skills on the court – or lack thereof: “She’s not a very good tennis player!,” he quipped.

The X2 star portrays another real-life character, Ted Tinling, a tennis player-turned-fashion designer who created the dress King wore for the Battle of the Sexes showdown, and he was able to learn all about the late Brit from Billie Jean herself – before he was even cast in the movie.

“I do know Billie because I’ve met her over the years,” he explained. “It was actually funny, she was at our house for dinner – it wasn’t connected at all – right before I got offered this part and so she told me (about Tinling)…”

And Alan is excited to be a part of the project because of the impact the Battle of the Sexes game had on attitudes towards women and the gay community.

“What I think’s fascinating about it (the story)… is if she had lost that match… the women’s rights movement in this country would be in such a different place,” he marveled. “I’ve never heard of a time when a sporting event sort of affected the social politics of a country so much… She’s ballsy, that lady (King).”

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