TheMarySue.com reporter sat down with Eddie and his director James Marsh to talk about thier film The Theory of Everything.
Earlier this month, I got the chance to sit down with The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne and director James Marsh (you might also be familiar with Marsh’s work from the incredible Man on Wire). The two talked about the challenges of portraying theoretical physics on film, the joy of working with co-star Felicity Jones, and collaborating with Stephen Hawking… and I didn’t make a Les Mis joke even once. Look down, and read on.
Reporter: How daunting a prospect was this project?
Eddie Redmayne: When I got the part, the stakes felt pretty high, and for several reasons. Firstly, you’re depicting a living human being who’s also an icon and telling their family’s story, secondly you’re representing a disease that is a brutal disease and in the preparation for several months I was meeting people suffering from ALS and I feel like they invited me into their lives and I wanted to make sure I did them justice. And then there was the science element, also being absolutely true to the discoveries and being authentic to that and then the thing of just making a film, making it enjoyable. So yeah, the answer is, it was pretty daunting.
Reporter: How did you balance science and love in the film?
James Marsh: That’s an interesting question, because essentially our primary objective was to make a balance between these things, but the perspective offered was always the relationship, the love story. And that gave you access to Stephen’s academic life and ideas, which were being kind of supported and enabled by Jane’s… forbearance and dedication. So I was more comfortable about the emotional life of the film than I was about the science. I’m not a scientist, I don’t understand theoretical physics any more than most people do, and so the objective became to try and distill that into simple imagery that wasn’t pretentious or overly complicated but gave you some idea of what Stephen was trying to get at with theoretical mathematics, which you can’t really discuss in a film. It’s not really the right medium for discussion of mathematics.
Reporter: I know you say you’re not a scientist, but you must have had to pay a lot of attention to the science if you didn’t want a bunch of scientists coming after you…
Marsh: Absolutely. This is Stephen’s career. We tried to make it very simple in a way. I felt that if I got it, then the audience would, so I positioned myself as a fairly ignorant person, but interested in this stuff. Obviously the Universe opens us up to big questions, and Stephen’s inquiries were about that, our very existence, in a very profound way. But my idea was to make it kind of simple and playful and visual. I tried to bring a playful, anecdotal quality to the visualizations of ideas.
JustJared.com did an exclusive interview and photoshoot of Eddie and you can read the interview below! Along with seeing these handsome pics!
Eddie Redmayne Interview – JustJared.com Exclusive
Just Jared: What’s your favorite memory of the whole experience – pre-production, filming or even after shooting?
Eddie Redmayne: The first was meeting Stephen himself. Once I got over my debilitating nerves it was wonderful. He is geniusly funny.
JJ: What was your favorite off-screen moment during shooting?
ER: Probably shooting the may ball scene when Stephen, Jane, Jonathan and Lucy came to visit. It was surreal to be playing them while they watched. Lily Cole was there randomly also. She is friends with Stephen.
JJ: What was your favorite prop from set?
ER: The buddy holly glasses for sure.
JJ: ALS has been a very hot topic, especially since the ice bucket challenge. What do you think this film brings to the table besides awareness?
ER: The ice bucket challenge brought extraordinary and much needed awareness to the disease and raised money which is wonderful. This brutal disease has been around for over 100 years and they are still struggling to get closer to finding a cure, or a reason and a lot of that has to do with funding. I hope the film helps show what the effects of the disease can be on all aspects of the sufferer’s life, including their family. One patient described it as living in a prison with the walls getting smaller daily- PLEASE DONATE alsa.org
JJ: You take on very challenging roles as an actor. What’s your dream role to tackle?
ER: Honestly I never have specific things I aspire to. I would never have dreamt that I would play Stephen Hawking. Not in a million years.
JJ: What was your very first role as an actor before any of your big gigs?
ER: Workhouse Boy no 43 in a production of Oliver.
JJ: Besides your own movie, what’s been your favorite movie this past year?
ER: Two Days, One Night – I think Marion Cotillard is breathtaking. In everything.
JJ: Which TV shows and music have you been consuming lately? Has any of that inspired your acting?
ER: I am about 7 years behind everyone else. I’m just getting into Homeland. My all time favorite is The West Wing. If I met Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford or any of the team I would be speechless. Truly speechless.
Last night Eddie attended the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ 2014 Governors Awards. He looked handsome in a Burberry tuxedo.
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2014 > November 8 | Governor’s Awards
Yesterday Eddie spoke with Laura Dern as part of the Variety Studio’s Actors on Actors series. I especially love the pics of Eddie with Emily Blunt (adore her)!
A giant congratulations to Eddie on this honor! Thank you to the Hollywood Reporter for sharing this exciting news!
For his turn as Stephen Hawking, the 32-year-old will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, the last seven recipients of which landed Oscar noms
Eddie Redmayne, who has received raves — and whom I have long projected as the best actor Oscar frontrunner — for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in James Marsh’s tear-jerking drama The Theory of Everything (which Focus Features is releasing in select theaters Friday), has been tapped for his first accolade of the season: he will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s highest honor for a male actor, the Desert Palm Achievement Award, at the 26th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 3.
Previous recipients of this award include, in reverse-chronological order, Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Sean Penn (Milk). Every one of them went on to receive a best actor Oscar nomination later that month; McConaughey, Day-Lewis, Firth and Penn went on to win.
“From The Good Shepherd to Les Miserables, Eddie Redmayne has proven himself an actor poised for greatness,” Harold Matzner, PSIFF’s chair, said in a statement. “In The Theory of Everything, as ALS-stricken scientist Stephen Hawking, Redmayne captivates his audience as he goes through a powerful physical transformation from a healthy college student to a dependent wheelchair-bound middle-aged man in what is truly a stunning performance.”
PSIFF’s chief regional competitor, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, recently announced that Birdman’s Michael Keaton, one of 32-year-old Redmayne’s chief competitors for the best actor Oscar, will be presented with a comparable prize — the Modern Master Award — at SBIFF on Jan. 31.
Last night Eddie and Felicity attended a screening of their film at the 92nd Street Y.
The past few days Eddie has been in New York City promoting The Theory of Everything! He has attended multiple screenings of the film, went to the Lou Gehrig Sport Award Benefit, participated in the Variety Screening Series and did an appearance at the Apple Store in SoHo.
I want to thank Helen, for donating some of the pics from these events!
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2014 > November 3 | The Theory of Everything Private Screening
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2014 > November 4 | Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2014 > November 4 | The Theory of Everything Private Screening Hosted by Hugh Jackman
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2014 > November 5 | Apple Store Soho Presents: Meet the Actor: Eddie Redmayne
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2014 > November 5 | Variety Screening Series: The Theory Of Everything
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2014 > November 5 | Variety Screening Series: The Theory Of Everything – Presentation
This morning Eddie sat down with Matt Lauer on the Today Show and talked about his new film The Theory of Everything.
Nearly everybody gets tongue-tied when meeting a personal hero. But not Eddie Redmayne!
When the actor — who spent months learning how to portray Stephen Hawking in the new film “The Theory of Everything” — got to meet the cosmologist and physicist himself, having nothing to say was not the issue at all.
“I’d spent four, five months researching [him] and he’d become like idol-like in my mind,” Redmayne recalled on TODAY Tuesday. “So when I actually got to meet him I was so nervous that I basically just sort of spewed forth information about him, to him, for about the first 40 minutes.”
Redmayne, who made a name for himself in “Les Miserables” and “My Week With Marilyn,” says he “calmed down a bit after that.”
Still, early reviews for the film are buzzing about a possible Oscar nomination for the British actor, whose performance critics have said “towers” and is “astonishing.”
Check out this exclusive TODAY clip from “The Theory of Everything”
Still, Redmayne knows he’s no match for Hawking on any kind of scientific level — no matter how many facts he memorizes. “I gave up science when I was like 14 or 15,” he admitted on preparing for the film. “I’m not going to lie, I went to kind of like ‘Astronomy for Children’ websites!”
“The Theory of Everything” opens in theaters on Nov. 7.
Here is the video of Eddie’s recent BAFTA New York In Conversations.
Saturday night Eddie looked dashing as he attended the LACMA Art + Film Gala.