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Kenneth Branagh

On pretending to be paralyzed and ditching his British accent
| Oct 11, 2006
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What is Warm Springs about?
Warm Springs is about Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the period when he first contracted polio. He was 39, it was 1921, and prior to that he'd been tremendously fit and active, a very privileged, individual, who came from a very wealthy, moneyed family on the east coast. He seemed set for a very smooth career in politics, which even when he was 25, he talked about culminating in his becoming president. It was a genuine ambition of his.

So, when he was struck down with polio in '21, his life really was transformed. And this story is about how that very privileged man who took many things for granted became very much changed by the experience of trying to learn to walk again and meeting other people in the same struggle. And how Warm Springs, the place, had a tremendous effect on him.

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