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For Geoffrey Rush, 'The Book Thief' strikes the right balance
For Geoffrey Rush, 'The Book Thief' strikes the right balance

Taking Markus Zusak's novel to the big screen, "The Book Thief" shows audiences World War II in Germany through the eyes of 10-year-old Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), with Death personified as the narrator. It's an approach that suggests immediate contrasts and challenges, namely balancing the feel of the book with the facts of the matter. Speaking in Beverly Hills, 62-year-old Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, who plays Liesel's adoptive father, Hans, explained how he made sure that director Brian Percival had a plan to manage mixing humanity and history, tragedy and theater. "I knew Brian was a guy who'd directed 'Downton Abbey' and...

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