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Ralph Fiennes was no fan of Charles Dickens.

Before portraying the legendary English writer in his sophomore directorial effort, “The Invisible Woman,” Fiennes wasn’t well-versed in Dickens.

“You were not a big Dickens fan necessarily when (producer Gabrielle Tana) brought (the script) to you,” Variety awards editor Tim Gray said during a Q&A following the Variety Screening Series showing of “The Invisible Woman” on Dec. 3.

“No, I wasn’t,” Fiennes said unapologetically as the audience at ArcLight Hollywood erupted in laughter. “I didn’t know much about Dickens. I’d only read ‘Little Dorrit,’ which I’d liked, but for some reason, I hadn’t chosen to read a lot of Dickens. You’ll be surprised to hear and I’m surprised, on reflection, that although I studied English in my high school, I was never asked on my syllabus to read any Dickens.”

He later immersed himself »


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