'The Book Thief' Comes to the Big Screen

Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nelisse talk about bringing the novel to life.
3:37 | 11/11/13

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"The book thief" took the world by storm in 2006. Since then, the novel has sold more than 8 million copies. Now it's a feature film starring geoffrey rush and sophie nelisse. Here they are in action. What the hell is this? You stole it? Sorry, papa. Are you going to tell mama? Papa? Did anyone see you? Let's make this our secret. We'll read it like the other book. In the basement. Thank you, papa. And geoffrey rush and sophie nelisse join us. Thank you for coming in. Thank you, george. This character hadoes for you of your stepfather? My connection with the second world war. My step dad was if borneo because we were in the pacific theater of war in australia. I read the novel and the screenplay, I remembered him telling me stories when I was 20. About when he was 20. You know. And it kind of echoed for me. That was my way in. And sophie, what drew you to liesel. World war ii ancient history for you. I loved the story. I loved the character. I loved that I could play my character on six years. One day, be 14, the other be 10. And I liked that, like you said, it's on such history. It's a huge part of history. I wanted to do the movie to learn a bit about what happened. How did you get ready for it? I read a lot of -- I read some books a little bit. I watched a lot of movie, like schindler's list, the pianist, life is beautiful. Everywhere you go, there's posters and walls with information talking about some things that happened. And I have heard, unfortunately, I have not seen the movie yet. I've heard it's almost impossible to get through it with a dry eye. My agent described it as a five-handkerchief movie. It does shine a light of having an ordinary life in nazi germany. We're so used to world war ii movies from a uk or u.S. Point of view. The germans are all stereo typed. This is about a group of people in the small town that could easily be anywhere. All these things are happening. So what is it like working with an oscar winner? It's a bit stress nfl the beginning. Because I'm scared that he's going to think I'm bad. He was like my dad on the first day. He took really good care of me, making sure that I'm okay. That I'm comfortable. It was fun. Because I would be stressed or pressured, he would take the pressure off. We had a lot of fun. He could be doing something in the basement. He'll come to the scene perfectly. When day say cut, he'll do a magic trick. It's really, really fun working with him. You have great chemistry. A charming couple. Cannot wait to see the movie. Coming up ♪

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