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Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman in Eddie the Eagle (Photo: Lionsgate UK)

If you’re a fan of the movie Cool Runnings, but have maybe seen it one too many times, or just like the idea of a man with poor vision and coordination learning how to ski jump from Hugh Jackman, we’ve got just the movie for you.

Eddie the Eagle is a biopic of one of the most underdoggy of all British underdogs; Eddie Edwards, the man who went to the same Olympic Games as the Jamaican bobsled team that features in Cool Runnings, resolutely failed to win any medals, and came home a national hero.

Taron Egerton plays Eddie, and follows his tragic trajectory as he trains to become the first British competitor in the ski jump in the Lake Placid games of 1988. It’s a movie about facing fears and overcoming adversity, one in which victory is not assured, by any means:

It’s all based a very real story, in which Eddie, having failed to qualify for any other event, went to Lake Placid and decided to plump for the jump as there was no competition within the British team. He borrowed some oversized boots, padded his feet with six pairs of socks, and learned the basics, without first having also learned how to prevent his glasses from steaming up. But he captured the imagination of the press, thanks largely to his palpable fear at the top of every jump.

The British team captains and the Olympic selection committee were not best pleased, and the rules for entry to amateurs were changed from then on. Which, if nothing else, does seal his legendary status.

Eddie the Eagle will be released, fittingly, on 1 April 2016

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By Fraser McAlpine