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Married movie stars Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly have a short-hand to playing husband and wife Charles and Emma Darwin on the big screen in the new drama 'Creation,' taking some of those "Darwinisms" home with them.

Connelly says their spousal relationship at home is far removed from the real Mr. and Mrs. Darwin, but did reveal how some of their research bled into their home life. "We have very little in common with the Darwins I must say," Connelly told Moviefone. "We loved doing it to the extent we'd come home from work and talk about what we were doing because we're obsessive actors together about the movie. We didn't stay in character, although Paul was eating a lot of cheese all the time because he was really trying to feel a different body type than his own and I was obsessively working on the piano."

The actress needed to work especially hard on her fine-tuning her musical skills, given Emma Darwin was an accomplished pianist who even studied with Chopin. "I was often up late at night playing piano while he was reading science journals and eating cheese," Connelly said. "It was very romantic! "

Married movie stars Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly have a short-hand to playing husband and wife Charles and Emma Darwin on the big screen in the new drama 'Creation,' taking some of those "Darwinisms" home with them.

Connelly says their spousal relationship at home is far removed from the real Mr. and Mrs. Darwin, but did reveal how some of their research bled into their home life. "We have very little in common with the Darwins I must say," Connelly told Moviefone. "We loved doing it to the extent we'd come home from work and talk about what we were doing because we're obsessive actors together about the movie. We didn't stay in character, although Paul was eating a lot of cheese all the time because he was really trying to feel a different body type than his own and I was obsessively working on the piano."


The actress needed to work especially hard on her fine-tuning her musical skills, given Emma Darwin was an accomplished pianist who even studied with Chopin. "I was often up late at night playing piano while he was reading science journals and eating cheese," Connelly said. "It was very romantic! "




Bettany has a different philosophy when it comes to bringing his work home with him, preferring not to confuse his children with the characters he plays. "We would get home, get the kids to bed and then we would talk about the next day's work because there wasn't a lot of time," he said. "We were shooting a lot of scenes every day trying to get through it. I didn't stay in character as the grandfather of evolution. You got kids and you get home and your kids don't want you coming home pretending to be somebody else. They want their dad."


Bettany and Connelly do agree that some of that homework for 'Creation' rubbed off on their 7-year-old son Stellan. Connelly explained, "I didn't keep up with the piano playing but I've been thinking about our son Stellan, who I think would love to play piano [and take lessons]. I'd like to organize that for him."


'Creation' opens January 22nd in theaters nationwide.