Eddie Redmayne dislikes playing characters similar to himself

Eddie Redmayne finds it hard playing characters who are similar to his real-life self

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Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne finds it tough playing characters who are similar to his real-life self.

The 32-year-old actor, who has appeared in films such as 'Les Miserables' and 'My Week with Marilyn', is less comfortable playing people he can identify with.

Redmayne said: "It's often roles that are closer to home that I'm less successful at or that I find weirdly more difficult, because you don't have to leap off the precipice."

The London-born star - whose character smooches with Michelle Williams' Marilyn Monroe in 'My Week With Marilyn' - elaborated: "I don't know about the success of it, but [that film] I found really challenging, even though, on paper, it's basically of who I am: someone who went to Eton and works in the film industry.

"That film I found really hard because he's a cipher for the audience."

Redmayne's performance saw him receive a nomination for BAFTA's Rising Star Award.

Meanwhile, Redmayne revealed earlier this month he wants a winter wedding with his fiancée Hannah Bagshawe.

The actor and his antiques dealer girlfriend hope to get married in December this year.

He's even joked about pulling some strings with his movie friends to get some snow for the wedding.

Redmayne told the Daily Mail newspaper: "Hannah's like, 'Well you work at Pinewood Studios - can't you just fix up some fake snow?' "

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