Ex-male model Eddie Redmayne is a certain Oscar candidate for his performance as Stephen Hawking in the upcoming biopic ”The Theory Of Everything”. Redmayne said in a recent interview that he had struggled a lot to get movie critics recognition after saying stop to his modelling career. Well, he needn’t have to worry, since his performance has already won the approval of the man he is playing on the big screen himself – world-famous theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author – Stephen Hawking.
The film is based on ”Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen” written by Stephen Hawking’s ex-wife, Jane, and depicts the Eton-educated physicist’s transformation into the wheelchair-bound scientist stricken with ALS.
In the early 1960s, at the age of 21, Hawking was given only two years to live after he was ALS diagnosed, but he didn’t give up and now he is one of the most famous scientists in human history – despite being paralyzed and unable to speak without a speech-generating device.
Redmayne spent lots of time near ALS patients in order to get an inside understanding of Hawking’s debilitating illness. Eddie had even a choreographer to help him play in the most realistic way the astrophysicist’s physical manifestations.
Hawking himself said that Eddie portrayed him so well that at times he thought Eddie was him. The scientist is also confident that the young actor’s commitment will certainly have a big emotional impact on the public. Some even say that, after seeing for the first time the movie, Hawking was so impressed that a nurse had to wipe a tear away from his eye.
The scientist added that seeing the movie had given him the opportunity to reflect upon his own life, upon the way he had been able to have a successful scientific work, to travel to Antarctica and Easter Island, and down in a submarine and up on a zero gravity flight, although he was severely “disabled”.
As for Redmayne, he said he was really intimidated by the opportunity of playing Hawking.
“I was so nervous. Then five days before we started filming I was lucky enough to meet him. I basically was so nervous, I just vomited forth information about Stephen Hawking to Stephen Hawking. He just sat there and took it and was like, ‘Yeah, I know. I am me.’ “
Felicity Jones, who plays the former Mrs. Hawking, remembers that both Mr and Mrs Hawking – now separated– were extremely generous with the filming crew on the movie’s Cambridge set.
“Jane would just ride up on her bicycle,”
The “Theory of Everything” is out on Jan.1.
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