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Thompson can relate to first lady character

Emma Thompson can relate to her role as first lady in "Primary Colors."

"She accepts his strange emphatic quality that leads him to do stupid things that cause her tremendous pain," she said of the Hillary Rodham Clinton-like character in the movie based loosely on the 1992 presidential campaign."I also understood how she could put that pain aside, since she has always been a crusader and feels that personal problems pale in comparison to making the world a better place," Thompson said in Sunday's Parade magazine.

Thompson had to convey her character's acceptance of her husband's indiscretions. The emotions were close to home, considering Thompson's very public breakup with Kenneth Branagh in 1996 amid rumors of his affair with Helena Bonham Carter, who declares her love for Branagh in the same issue of Parade.