Felicity Jones had her “distinctly British teeth” cosmetically enhanced to play U.S. activist Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new movie.
In an interview on The Graham Norton Show, set to be screened on Friday (15Feb19), the English actress opened up about making a slight cosmetic enhancement in order to do justice to her portrayal of the Supreme Court judge in biopic On the Basis of Sex.
“I kept looking at Ruth and she had the most perfectly formed American teeth, and then I would look at mine, which are distinctly British and a little bit gnarly, so I had my pointy ones capped while I was shooting,” the 35-year-old confessed to chat show host Norton. “It sounds painful but it wasn’t too bad.”
Felicity was full of praise for the 85-year-old, who became the second female justice of the Supreme Court in 1993, after she was appointed by then U.S. President Bill Clinton, admitting that she felt under pressure to do her justice.
“She is so beloved that really the only person that could play Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Ruth Bader Ginsburg so I definitely had a lot to live up to,” she sighed.
Meanwhile co-star Armie Hammer, who plays her onscreen husband, Ginsburg’s “perfect” spouse Martin in the film, admitted his character’s innate goodness caused him some problems in his own home life.
“When I read the script it described a husband that was incredibly progressive and supportive and perfect and charming and I thought, ‘This guy is too good to be true,’ so I employed a researcher to find out where the bodies were buried!” he joked. “I felt sure there was something wrong with him, but he really was the most amazing person and everyone loved him.
“It’s a high standard to live up to, and now that my wife has seen the film, every so often if I fail to live up to his standards she casually looks at me and says, ‘Marty wouldn’t do that.'”