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November 10, 2016   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Video Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne Tried (and Hilariously Failed) to Play Star Wars’ Kylo Ren

This is so fun to imagine! Read the E!Online article about how Eddie auditioned to play Kylo Ren in Star Wars.

In an alternate reality, Eddie Redmayne could have been the face behind Kylo Ren’s mask in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star opened up to the podcast Happy Sad Confused and recalled when he auditioned for the villainous role that ultimately went to Adam Driver.

“So, I was going for, I think, for Adam Driver. They gave me like a Star Trek scene, or like something from Pride and Prejudice. It was one of those films,” he recalled. “With films that top secret, they don’t give you the actual lines, so they give you a scene from Pride and Prejudice, but then they tell you you’re auditioning for the baddie. If you’re me, you then put some ridiculous voice on.”

Unfortunately, that “ridiculous voice” didn’t work out for Redmayne. “That was really a hilarious moment. Because it was Nina Gold, who I have to thank a lot because she’s cast me in several films,” he continued. “And she was just sitting there and I was trying again and again with different versions of my kind of ‘koohh paaaah’ [Darth Vader breathing sound] voice. And after like 10 shots she’s like, ‘You got anything else?’ I was like, ‘No.'”

In hindsight, Redmayne probably isn’t too upset about it because he secured the starring role in J.K. Rowling’s latest creative project. Playing magizoologist Newt Scamander, Redmayne is more than ready to enchant No-Maj and Muggle fans alike.
“I’m useless at keeping secrets, so it’s been a really stressful few months,” Redmayne told Ellen DeGeneres. “But there are some great surprises—wonderful surprises that I’m very excited about.”

Fantastic Beasts was originally intended to be a trilogy, but Warner Bros. recently upped it to a five-film franchise. Rowling’s announcement came as a “complete shock” to the cast. “She always had a specific story she wanted to tell, which goes much further beyond just Newt and his case, but we didn’t realize it was going to be five films.”

November 10, 2016   Ali   Events, Images Comments Off on Toronto Premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

This past weekend Eddie attended the Toronto Premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

Thanks to Claudia for the pics!

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Eddie Redmayne Web > November 8 | Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them Toronto Premiere

November 2, 2016   Ali   Guest Appearances, Video Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne, a Zoo Unto Himself, Really, Really, Really Commits to Some Animal Impressions

Okay if I didn’t already love Eddie this clip would have sealed the deal!

Ellen Degeneres is a mad TV genius who lives to make Hollywood stars dance, neigh, and bark for your amusement. Today’s victim: Eddie Redmayne, who does a series of animal impressions with a level of bizarre commitment that’s only outmatched by his efforts in Jupiter Ascending. Forget The Danish Girl and The Theory of Everything, give Eddie an Oscar for the raw honesty of “monkey,” and the moving subtlety of “penguin.”

They say great art speaks for itself, so we’ll leave it at that.


November 2, 2016   Ali   Guest Appearances, Video Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne talks the ‘constant jetlag’ of new parenting on ‘Ellen’

USA Today gives us a sneak peek at Eddie’s appearance on the Ellen show today.

Parenting a newborn is hard. Even if you’re a wizard.

Eddie Redmayne, who will be waving his wand in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about the movie, and also his own little bundle of magic. In clips from the episode set to air Wednesday, Redmayne talks about his four-and-a-half-month-old daughter, Iris, and all the joy and pain that comes from being a new dad.

“Before you’re a parent you sort of hear people talking about (sleepless nights),” the actor told Ellen. “And then suddenly you’re the guy who’s floating in a constant jet-lag with an I.V. of caffeine. And so I’ve become that person.”

But don’t worry, even though she’s not sleeping through the night yet, Redmayne says Iris is “heaven.” And apparently, as Redmayne explained on the show, she has already successfully flown from the U.K. to Rio. The fact that she was with the entire British Olympic team is just gravy.

Watch Redmayne on Ellen below.

October 31, 2016   Ali   Events, Images Comments Off on Entertainment Weekly PopFest

Yesterday Eddie & Katherine attended Entertainment Weekly’s PopFest. Thanks to Claudia for the pics!

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Eddie Redmayne Web > October 30 | Entertainment Weekly PopFest – Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Press Line
Eddie Redmayne Web > October 30 | Entertainment Weekly PopFest – Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Panel

October 30, 2016   Ali   Images, Magazines Comments Off on SciFi Scans

We have scans featuring Eddie as Newt in the new issue of SciFi.

Thanks to AliKat for the scans!

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Eddie Redmayne Web > PUBLICATIONS > 2016 > December | SciFi

October 30, 2016   Ali   Guest Appearances, Video Comments Off on Eddie Clips from the Graham Norton Show

Eddie, Benedict Cumberbatch and Bryan Cranston appeared on the Graham Norton Show this weekend … check out these fun clips! Everything from magic wands, dating videos and more!

October 30, 2016   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne spreads more magic in “Fantastic Beasts”

CBS News did their Sunday Profile on Eddie.

Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for his role as the brilliant Dr. Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” Up next: a starring role in a fanciful new J.K. Rowling film … but not before he talks to Tracy Smith for our Sunday Profile:

Just in case you were wondering what your kids’ Halloween costumes were going to be next year, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the latest spinoff of the Harry Potter series. But this time, instead of Harry, the hero is Newt Scamander (played by 34-year-old Eddie Redmayne), who travels to America with a suitcase full of magical creatures … and, producers hope, the makings of a movie mega-hit.

For Redmayne, home is in the relative quiet of central London, where he can sit at his favorite café and be left alone — for now, anyway.

Smith asked, “Are you prepared for this next step? There will be a lot of fans out there. This is a J.K. Rowling film, this is the Harry Potter franchise, this is huge!”

“People often say, and at various stages in my career have gone, ‘Are you prepared for this?’ And I always kind of go, ‘What preparation do you do?’” Redmayne replied. “Do you, like, sit there and sort of armor up? I don’t think you can. Firstly, that involves the expectation the thing is going to be hugely successful and that’s something that I will never let my head go to.

“But the other thing is, even when things are successful, people go, ‘God, your life must have changed.’ But maybe it doesn’t, really. You still live your own way and carve your own path. And the rest is noise, I think, really.”

But for him, that “noise” has been pretty nice.

His turn as a transgender artist in last year’s “The Danish Girl” earned him his second consecutive Academy Award nomination.

But the on-screen transformation didn’t happen quickly, or easily. “I always feel like I’ve never been someone that was sort of blessed with a sort of innate talent of just being able to do things,” he said. “I had to work at it and learn from your mistakes.”

“Really? Because to us it looks like you’re not working.”

“No, I’m sure it doesn’t. If you go and look at some of those early films you’ll be absolutely sure that that’s not the case. No, I really have to work.”

“The Theory of Everything” is a good example. Redmayne spent five months learning how to move like an ALS patient for his role as physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking — and he won the Oscar for this one.

He actually got the part without an audition. But to him, that was more curse than blessing. “At least if you’ve auditioned for it, the producers and all the people involved have some sense of what you’re gonna do,” he told Smith. “So you don’t turn up on day one on set and they go, ‘Whoa, you’re gonna do it like that?’”

So when it came time to audition his co-star Felicity Jones, Redmayne’s paranoia got the better of him, and director James Marsh had to talk him down: “‘Eddie, this isn’t an audition for you. Let me just reaffirm, you’re not being auditioned.’ And he said it so many times that I was like, ‘I’m clearly being auditioned!’ And it was similar with ‘Fantastic Beasts.’”

“You are neurotic,” Smith said.

“I have moments, definitely, yeah,” he replied.

He wasn’t always so tightly wound. Born in London to a banker and a business owner, Eddie Redmayne went to some of the best schools in Britain. He sang in the choir at Eton, and was a classmate of the future king of England, Prince William.

As a college student, he took a keen interest in drama, and got his first professional role at The Globe in London, in a 2002 production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” as a very convincing Viola — a woman, corset and all. “For years when I then started doing films and period dramas and quite a lot of Elizabethan period dramas, you know, the actresses would often be complaining going, ‘God, this corset hurts.’ I was like, ‘I know. I know your pain! I know how it feels.’”

He also did pretty well when he played a man, winning rave reviews — and a 2010 Tony Award — for the Broadway play, “Red.”

“You had a comfortable upbringing, went to great schools and success came fairly early,” said Smith. “I think some people might look at it and say it was easy.”

“Well, they would be right in the sense that compared to many actors I’ve had a remarkably lucky and easy run of it,” Redmayne said. “But to you … you feel the struggles. And it was through going to sort of years of auditioning — I think it was about three or four years before I got anything sort of properly on screen.

“I remember also though my mom, when I was younger and I was showing interest, that perhaps if you get knocked by bad reviews and stuff, she would see that it would hurt a bit. And she’s like, ‘Darling, have you thought about becoming a lawyer? I mean, lawyers are basically actors. It’s the same thing.’ And she would occasionally repeat this. And I’ll be like, ‘Mom, have you ever seen me win an argument?’

“And she’d be like, ‘No.’ I’m like, ‘So ….’”

His struggle seemed to end in 2011, with a big-screen breakout role as a young filmmaker smitten with Marilyn Monroe, in “My Week With Marilyn.”

His Eton choirboy experience came in handy in 2012’s “Les Miserables.”

Does he see himself as a singer? “I really enjoy singing, but I’m not sure,” he replied. “I sound a bit like Kermit the Frog.”

There’s a kind of a self-deprecating, Jimmy Stewart quality to Eddie Redmayne, who married his longtime girlfriend, antiques dealer Hannah Bagshawe, a few weeks before he won the Oscar in 2015. This summer they had a baby girl.

In short, if you’re looking for off-screen drama, look elsewhere. Redmayne has a reputation for being one of the nicest actors in the business.

“I hate that word,” he said.

“’Nice’? Why?”

“Nice is so boring. But I’d rather ‘nice’ than ‘reprehensible,’ ‘toxic.’ Yup.”

Nothing boring about his schedule: “Fantastic Beasts” is reportedly the first of five installments.

“You’ve accomplished so much already: Tony, Oscar, now you’re in a big blockbuster, in case anyone was wondering whether you were gonna do that. What’s left?” asked Smith.

“When you put it in the term of a checklist, they are amazing things,” he said.

“And I don’t mean to say that you’re – “

“No, no, no. No, but it’s interesting. The reason you get into this is to play interesting people, or just to tell stories that intrigue you. And none of that changes. So although maybe those things feel like a lovely checklist, it doesn’t stop your appetite for wanting to tell stories.”

“You still have that appetite?”

“Still have that appetite, yeah,” Redmayne said.

October 28, 2016   Ali   Guest Appearances, Images Comments Off on Eddie on the Graham Norton Show

Always love Eddie’s appearance on the Graham Norton show … so I get excited when new stills are released!

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Eddie Redmayne Web > 2016 > October 27 | The Graham Norton Show – Show

October 28, 2016   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Guest Appearances Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne had Comic Con nerves soothed by Colin Farrell back rub

Eddie will be appearing on The Graham Norton show on the BBC. This article has a highlight of his interview!

Eddie Redmayne has revealed he was so nervous about appearing at Comic Con for the first time that his co-star Colin Farrell had to calm him down with a back rub.

The actor plays Newt Scamander in the the latest Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which is released in cinemas next month.

Appearing on the Graham Norton Show, Redmayne said he felt like a “wannabe Justin Bieber” after appearing in front of thousands of people at the comic festival in July.

He added: “I’d heard from friends what the experience was, but I had no idea how big it would be.

“I was chronically nervous to the extent that I had Colin Farrell giving me a back rub and whispering sweet nothings into my ear trying to calm me down.”

Asked if he is ready for worldwide recognition after entering the world of Harry Potter, Redmayne said: “People say, ‘Are you prepped for it?’ But I’m not sure what that means.

“I had a weird moment on the Tube today. I was sitting there and suddenly a flash goes off from the person opposite me. I looked up, they looked at me and I looked at them and then there was a really awkward 47 seconds as I waited for the next stop and dashed off.”

He added that he “spent seven months in the gym” to prepare for a scene when Scamander removes his shirt, only for the scene to be cut.

Redmayne appeared on the BBC show alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.

The pair compared their experiences playing British scientist Stephen Hawking, with Cumberbatch recalling getting drunk with the world renowned theoretical physicist.

“It is the most extraordinary experience. We were at the Royal Society for a discussion on the future of science and it was a long night so we decided to go for a drink.

We got knee deep in Margaritas and it was at that drunken moment I thought I would tell him I playing Khan in Star Trek. Stephen was the only person I told. He liked the fact I had told him. It made him smile.”

He also revealed he had performed the marriage ceremony for his friend and Strictly Come Dancing star Judge Rinder.

Cumberbatch said his friend’s performances on the BBC dancing show had been “extraordinary”.

“I had no idea he could dance like that. To see a dear friend do something so unexpectedly brilliant like that fills me with pride,” he said, adding: “When it gets crucial, I’ll vote for him.”

Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston and American singer LeAnn Rimes also appeared on the sofa with Norton.


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