Finding the right actor to play the larger-than-life role of Charles Dickens in the new biopic "The Invisible Woman" proved to be a challenge for sophomore director Ralph Fiennes. After his first choice turned him down, Fiennes reluctantly went with a two-time Academy Award nominee: Ralph Fiennes.
At the Envelope Screening Series, Fiennes, co-star Felicity Jones and Times reporter Glenn Whipp talked about Fiennes' working on both sides of the camera.
"He kept on bugging me that he wanted to play the part," Fiennes said, jokingly referring to himself. "I kept saying, 'No, no.'"
Fiennes had previously pulled double duty for his directing debut, "Coriolanus," and wasn't eager to repeat the process, which he described as "mad and crazy and difficult. And when I finished that, I thought I didn't want to do it again."