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November 15, 2014   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Theory of Everything Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne Took Dance Lessons to Prepare for Stephen Hawking Role in The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne didn’t do much dancing while playing inspirational theoretical physicist and ALS-stricken Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything – but that didn’t stop him from getting help from a dancer to prepare for the role.

“I worked with a dancer, a woman called Alex, who helped to find the Stephen-specific physical decline in my body,” he told PEOPLE on the Hollywood Film Awards red carpet Friday.

The London native, 32, also said he took a hands-on approach to educating himself about Hawking’s “horrific” degenerative neurological disease.

“I started, from the first day I got cast, going to an ALS clinic in London and meeting specialists, and I was introduced to people who are suffering from this really horrific disease, and they were so kind,” he said. “They wanted to teach me to represent the disease as authentically as possible.”

Redmayne, who is already earning awards-season buzz for his performance, says that while he learned a lot about ALS, Hawking’s contributions to the worlds of higher math and physics remain something of a mystery.

“I’m basically a PhD,” he deadpanned on the carpet. “No, I’m a useless scientist – and I remain a useless scientist.”


November 15, 2014   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Awards, Video Comments Off on Eddie Interview from the Hollywood Film Festival Red Carpet

Last night Eddie was recognized for his performance in The Theory of Everything. Here is an interview Eddie did on the red carpet that CBS was kind enough to share.

November 13, 2014   Ali   Guest Appearances, Images Comments Off on Eddie on the Tonight Show

Last night Eddie was interviewed by Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show … here is a clip that was released from the interview.

November 11, 2014   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Theory of Everything Comments Off on Actor Eddie Redmayne explodes into Oscar contention with ‘The Theory of Everything’

Eddie Redmayne is having his Big Bang moment.

To watch the British actor as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” a rather conventional biopic (and a bit of redundancy, that), is to watch his star ignite.

Filmmakers have frequently had an irrepressible urge to hire spectacularly good-looking people to portray intellectual giants: see Charlton Heston as Michelangelo, Russell Crowe as Nobel mathematician John Nash, Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in the upcoming “The Imitation Game.” Add to that list Redmayne as Hawking, arguably the world’s most beloved theoretical physicist and best-known person with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

His performance in “Theory” has given Redmayne the reviews of his career, ranging from “brilliant” to “knockout,” with comparisons to Daniel Day-Lewis. His notices have far surpassed those of the film. New York magazine’s headline: “ ‘The Theory of Everything’ does not deserve Eddie Redmayne’s astonishing performance.”

“I tried to educate myself on the science, which was complicated for someone who is pretty inept,” Redmayne, 32, remarked modestly over coffee and croissants at a hotel cafe the morning after the movie’s Washington premiere. “I’d really given up at 14 years old on science.”

Redmayne attended Cambridge, studying art history, French and English at Trinity College, when Hawking, who is now director of research in the department of applied mathematics and theoretical physics — “and has rock star status” — was a faculty member. To prepare for the role, Redmayne read many of Hawking’s writings, although “understanding them is another matter,” he admitted. Used to playing romantic leads, he found it a switch to play the smartest person in the room, “something I had never felt before.”

An acclaimed stage actor who was plucked to play opposite Shakespearean master Mark Rylance in an all-male “Twelfth Night” while still an undergraduate, Redmayne is the winner of a Tony and an Olivier. And a few million adolescent female hearts for his role as Marius, the impassioned revolutionary and Cosette’s swain in “Les Misérables,” which was all grand gesture, singing and marching in the streets. The opposite, in other words, of playing Hawking.

November 11, 2014   Ali   Events, Images Comments Off on Breakthrough Prize Awards

Eddie attended another awards ceremony on Sunday night … this time the Breakthrough Prize Awards. So grateful for my friends Claudia, Helen & Mouza for donating some of these pics!

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November 11, 2014   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Theory of Everything, Video Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne on learning to be Stephen Hawking

Eddie was on CBS This Morning and was interviewed by Gayle King.

Award season kicks off Friday evening with the star-studded Hollywood Film Awards on CBS. One star who will be attending the ceremony sat down to discuss his latest project, “The Theory of Everything.”

Eddie Redmayne said meeting Stephen Hawking, the man off whom the romantic biography is based, was one of the greatest experience of his life.

“I didn’t sleep, no,” he said.

But portraying the renowned theoretical physicist didn’t come natural to Redmayne. He said he had a painstaking process to learn how to mimic Hawking.

“I created one actually,” Redmayne said. “I mean, I didn’t really know what the right way to approach it was but, I’d spent so long in front of the mirror, trying to replicate his facial muscles and really trying to get a sense of who he was that in the end, you get so frustrated that you were never quite getting close enough.”

But at the same time, he said, “it was amazing.”

November 11, 2014   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Theory of Everything Comments Off on The ‘Theory Of Everything’ Scene That Kept Eddie Redmayne Up At Night

The Huffington Post spoke with Eddie about the scene that really got to Eddie during the filming of The Theory of Everything.

Since “The Theory of Everything” debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Eddie Redmayne has been at the forefront of the ever-growing Best Actor race. Not that the 32-year-old star, who portrays Stephen Hawking in the new film, has awards on the brain.

“The stakes felt so high from day one on this, because ultimately Stephen and Jane [Hawking, his ex-wife] are going to watch this film. The fact that they liked it, they were the ultimate critics,” Redmayne told HuffPost Entertainment in September. “That for me meant the world. Anything else that comes with that is wonderful. But that Stephen and Jane loved it is the greatest thing.”

But if Redmayne is nominated, he needn’t worry about finding an Oscar clip. “The Theory of Everything” is loaded with emotional moments, including one harrowing sequence that kept Redmayne awake at night during production.

Toward the end of the film, Hawking comes to America for a speech. As he’s taking audience questions, a woman near the front row drops her pen. Director James Marsh then imagines a moment where Hawking — who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, or ALS, in 1963 — slowly begins to rise out of his wheelchair. He walks off the stage, bends down and proceeds to hand the woman her wayward writing instrument, a simple gesture that is commonplace for so many viewers. But in a single cut, Hawking is back in his wheelchair, the dream of full body movement snapped back to his reality.

“I was so scared of it. In the script it read so beautifully,” Redmayne told HuffPost Entertainment about the scene. “I had spent these months working on the physicality, but I was so scared to try that.”

Redmayne actually spent six months preparing to play Hawking. He watched videos of the theoretical physicist, interviewed Hawking’s family for pointers and enlisted a full team of support: Marsh, makeup artist Jan Sewell, costume designer Steven Noble and dancer Alex Reynolds, who worked on the zombie movements in “World War Z.” But the dream sequence only locked into place once Redmayne realized that he could reverse his own process to its beginning.

“In the end, it became so simple. It was sitting there going, ‘What was the first thing that went? The first thing that went was maybe the hand, so let’s make that the first thing that moves. Then the feet.'”

The finished product is the film’s high point. “I find it weirdly moving,” Redmayne said. He wasn’t the only one. “That was the thing that Lucy and Tim Hawking [Stephen’s children with Jane] said to me the other day when they saw the film,” Redmayne said, he voice rising with emotion. “It was extraordinary for them to see what their dad could have looked like in his 40s.”

“The Theory of Everything” is out now.

November 11, 2014   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Theory of Everything Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne and The Theory of Everything Director James Marsh Talk Stephen Hawking, Science, and “Formidable” Women

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.

November 9, 2014   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Images Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne Receives ‘JJ Spotlight’ Treatment

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.

November 9, 2014   Ali   Events, Images Comments Off on Governors Awards

Last night Eddie attended the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ 2014 Governors Awards. He looked handsome in a Burberry tuxedo.

So grateful for my friends Claudia, Helen Luciana & Renee for donating some of these pics!

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