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Geoffrey Rush on bringing "The Book Thief" from page to screen

"The Book Thief" cast on Nazi-era tearjerker 02:18

Some moviegoers may find it tough to keep their eyes dry while watching "The Book Thief."

The new film is based off of the 2006 New York Times best-selling novel by Australian author Markus Zusak, depicting a small fictional village located in Nazi Germany.

Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush and two-time Oscar-nominated actress Emily Watson play a childless married couple who take in an illiterate girl named Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) and raise her as their own.

But Liesel isn't the only one they help.

The compassionate husband and wife also hide a young Jewish man named Max (Ben Schnetzer) from the Nazis in their small community, knowing full well what repercussions would await all of them were Max to be discovered.

In a recent interview with, Rush admitted that he hadn't read the best-selling novel before shooting, although he thinks fans will be pleased.

"I don't think they're going to be disappointed," Rush said, "It's not like [the filmmakers] changed it to a different ending or cut big characters out or made it more filmic or whatever, it's very honest to the book."

Watch the video above to also hear from Rush's co-stars, including Nelisse, who explains how her training as a would-be Olympic gymnast helped her on set.

"The Book Thief" opens in theaters on Nov. 8.

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