who died Friday of most cancers at age 87, was merely his Aunt Ruth — and he was petitioning her to let him write a film about her.
“In fairness to her, I had never gotten a movie made. This was my first screenplay, so I’m not really sure she believed I would get a movie made,” Stiepleman mentioned of approaching Ginsburg together with his thought for a biopic. “What she actually said, ‘If that’s how you think you want to spend your time…’” he recalled, laughing.
On the Basis of Sex, directed by Mimi Leder, follows a younger RBG (Felicity Jones) by means of Harvard Law School (which each she and her husband, Marty, performed by Armie Hammer, attended) up till her first main case.
“I always knew it was this case, this was the story I wanted to tell,” recalled Stiepleman of the 1972 sexual-discrimination case that Ginsburg believed would empower ladies to contest the raft of inequitable legal guidelines nonetheless on the books on the time. (Spoiler alert: She was proper.)
“Ruth has a very particular alchemy for her personality, that you really get to see when you see her in private moments with people who she loves and trusts. Because on one hand, she’s that tough, steely, precise woman that we all know. But under all that is just this joy and this humor and this optimism. And I can’t think of anybody who would’ve brought that together the way Felicity did.”
RBG agreed. “When the lights came up and Ruth saw the movie for the first time, she looked at me and said, ‘I’m so glad it’s Felicity,’” Stiepleman shared.