Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's "The Current War."
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Edison and his team conducted the first incandescent lightbulb tests in 1879 and a few years later began broad distribution of electricity using a direct current.Westinghouse, whose interests in gas distribution and telephone switching led him to look into electrical power distribution, saw that Edison's use of low-voltage DC had a limited range.After reading about European AC systems, he set out to develop and market AC power systems that could distribute electricity over long distances to dispersed U.S. populations.Cumberbatch said he knew very little about Edison before taking on the role.Edison had suffered from partial hearing loss since childhood.Before the start of filming, Gomez-Rejon had found a rare and very old leather-bound book about Westinghouse, and shared it with him.
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