Eddie Redmayne confused by Brief History of Time

Redmayne at Toronto International Film Festival

Eddie Redmayne at Toronto International Film Festival

Eddie Redmayne admits he struggled to understand the concepts in Professor Stephen Hawking's book 'A Brief History of Time' when he was researching his role as the acclaimed physicist in new film 'The Theory of Everything'.

Eddie Redmayne struggled to understand Professor Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time'.

The 32-year-old actor plays the physicist in his new film, 'The Theory of Everything', which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday (07.09.14), and has admitted that he failed to understand much of Stephen's famous book.

Talking to New York Daily News, Eddie joked: "It opens and I thought, 'I get this!' I get 20 pages in and I think, 'Hey, I'm about to understand how the universe works!'

"Then I get to about page 23, and he lost me. But I read the whole thing. Whether I understood it is another thing entirely!"

The handsome red head also revealed that he had studied the effects of motor neurone disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), of which Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with in 1963 and has left him almost completely paralyzed.

He explained: "Whatever pain I was in [as an actor], I got to get up and walk at day's end. [Doing research] I met many people suffering from ALS who can't just do that."

Eddie then added that he was helped by an osteopath who assisted him through the tough physical process.

He said: "We had an amazing osteopath on set who saw that my spine was changing during the production. Because it would get quite physically demanding."

The Theory of Everything

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 123 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Marsh
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
  • UK release: 1 January 2015

Stephen Hawking (Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Jones) lock eyes at a university party, but their budding love affair is given a blow by his diagnosis of motor neurone disease. Redmayne is astonishingly good and Jones inspires sympathy and admiration, but the script is never really convincing.


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