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‘Genius’ spices up Einstein’s tale for TV

Geoffrey Rush as Einstein
Geoffrey Rush, who plays the older Albert Einstein in “Genius,” re-enacts a cllassic picture of the world-famous physicist. (National Geographic Photo / Dusan Martincek)

There have been plenty of TV documentaries about Albert Einstein, but almost none of them begin with a political assassination and a sex scene. “Genius” does.

The 10-part docudrama series, premiering April 25 on the National Geographic Channel, goes where few accounts of the physicist’s life have gone before.

Executive producer Ron Howard told The Associated Press that the series’ eyebrow-raising first scenes “fulfilled the desire to announce to audiences right away that we weren’t approaching it in an entirely straightforward, traditional and academic way.”

“We were looking for the drama in the story and willing to deal with Einstein, warts and all,” Howard said.

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By Alan Boyle

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