But that only was the start of Casals' unpleasant evening.
Fellow stars, like Kristen Bell and Ryan Reynolds, have shared their own struggles with anxiety, too, and Colbert told her that he has experience with it as well. "That was very hard, to hear him talk about tennis".
"She was married and having her first affair with a woman while she was fighting for women's equality. Like I said, I was nine". I'd say my peace and I would interject when I felt I should.
"There were all of these things that go into playing someone who really exists that I had never experienced before", she said.
Yet "Battle of the Sexes" is considerably stronger off the court than on it, volleying back and forth between the personal lives of its two combatants, in a fashion that nicely humanizes both while occasionally feeling a tad heavy-handed and on the nose. "I think I came off as the harshest, tough-[expletive] person". Perhaps. But there are also choices made in how many times you want to underline and restate those facts.
"I danced, so footwork was good". Another is Howard Katz, a former president of ABC Sports and now National Football League senior vice president in charge of the schedule. A lot more was at stake than the $100,000 prize money.
The filmmakers don't just set Battle of the Sexes in 1973, but carefully try to make it look like it was made then; there's a pronounced period aesthetic to Linus Sandgren's photography, so much so that it nearly looks like Haskell Wexler shot it. After King declined Riggs' invitation for a match, Margaret Court, 30, stepped up to play him in a match on May 13, 1973 in Ramona, California.
Where Battle Of The Sexes wins though, is the way it perfectly captures the silliness and yet also the utmost importance of one tennis match that pitted a man against women for one night only.