Vanity Fair did a feature on Eddie and his fellow English actor Benedict Cumberbatch and the two biopics they are currently starring in. There are two new images of Eddie taken in London this fall!
This month, two biopics about two 20th-century British disrupters arrive on-screen, starring two dynamic actors who both happen to be Brits. The Theory of Everything features Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) as the physicist and author Stephen Hawking, renowned for his revolutionary work on black holes and the big-bang theory; it is based on the memoir of his first wife, Jane Hawking, played by Felicity Jones. The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek) as mathematician Alan Turing, who died by his own hand in 1954—two years after being prosecuted for his homosexuality—and is credited as the father of modern computing. The film takes place during World War II, when Turing—along with a team assembled by M.I.6, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley)—broke Germany’s seemingly impenetrable Enigma code, a crucial contribution to the Allied war effort.
These two thespians came up through the ranks together and are now poised to face off in a potential best-actor Oscar race. “We first met doing The Other Boleyn Girl, years ago, when we were two of various husbands for Scarlett Johansson,” says Redmayne, 32. “We have been old mates since then.” These days there seem to be an awful lot of British actors infiltrating American movie screens, but the two don’t feel any guilt over this. “I don’t think anyone’s taking over,” Cumberbatch, 38, says. “You have as many Americans working on movies in Britain as you do English actors working in America. It’s just a good time for all of us.”