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Timothy Spall says he had to use a lot of empathy to play a character like Mr. Turner, who wasn't always "very pleasant" and was a "man of massive contradictions." Simon Mein/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Timothy Spall Takes On Painter J.M.W. Turner, A 'Master Of The Sublime'

The 19th century painter wasn't always "very pleasant" and he was a "man of massive contradictions," Spall says. So Spall says he had to "dig deep" to play the title role in Mr. Turner.

Timothy Spall says he had to use a lot of empathy to play a character like Mr. Turner, who wasn't always "very pleasant" and was a "man of massive contradictions." Simon Mein/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Timothy Spall Takes On Painter J.M.W. Turner, A 'Master Of The Sublime'

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Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014

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