Actor Eddie Redmayne is gearing up for a strong awards season for his portrayal of a young Stephen Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything, directed by James Marsh. One of Redmayne’s first stops was the red carpet with broadcaster Edith Bowman at the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards on Thursday, October 30, and he spoke a bit about how and co-star Felicity Jones prepared to play the ALS-afflicted British physicist and Hawking’s young love, Jane Wilde, whom he met at Cambridge and would later marry.
Redmayne admits that he was terrified upon taking the part, but that the real-life figures made themselves available to assuage any anxieties. “[Stephen and Jane] kind of let us into their world for four months, and that felt like the most formidable privilege. But with that came a great weight of expectation. So we weren’t thinking about how [the film] would be, we just wanted to survive it and try to be true to them.”
Watch Eddie’s interview with Edith on how he had to take a science crash course to understand Hawking’s discipline and how he learned about Hawking’s debilitating disorder:
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