Oscar Winner Mark Rylance Talks Giant Role in ‘The BFG’

PHOTO: Mark Rylance arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Disneys "The BFG" held at the El Capitan Theatre, June 21, 2016, in Hollywood, Calif.PlayMichael Tran/Getty Images
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"The BFG" is a beloved Roald Dahl children's book about a big, friendly giant, and now Academy Award–winning actor Mark Rylance brings that giant to life in a new Disney film adaptation.

Rylance plays a larger-than-life outcast in Disney's "The BFG," directed by Steven Spielberg.

The 56-year-old Brit has been a theater actor for years. He snagged a best supporting actor Oscar for his first Hollywood role, playing Rudolf Abel in "Bridge of Spies" — another Spielberg film.

"It means the world to me that the stories I'm telling are making people laugh or moving people or just ... distracting themselves from the troubles of the world for a day and giving them a bit of strength to carry on," Rylance said in an interview with ABC News' Abbie Boudreau.

"The BFG" — a tale of two unlikely friends — hits those marks, with themes like finding the strength to overcome differences.

Rylance said the film tells the story of "a very loving friendship."

The movie even includes a special language, which Rylance demonstrated for Boudreau.

"The BFG" premieres July 1.

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