Eddie Redmayne felt 'uncomfortable' filming Stephen Hawking biopic

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 November 2014
Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne has admitted that he never felt "comfortable" or "relaxed" whilst filming 'The Theory of Everything' because he felt the pressure of playing the "iconic" Stephen Hawking

Eddie Redmayne never felt "comfortable" whilst filming 'The Theory of Everything'.

The 32-year-old actor - who plays the lead in a biopic about Stephen Hawking's life - admitted that he couldn't relax on set because of the pressure of playing someone so "iconic".

When asked at what point he felt comfortable during shooting, he said: "Never, actually. Particularly because there is so much documentary material on Stephen and I watched and continued to watch sort of all of it ...

"It's unheard of, really, for an actor to see every day's material but I kept seeing it. I had this iPad with all this footage of Stephen and then I'd see the footage of me and wish it could just blend.

"There was never a moment where I could relax, right to the last scene."

Meanwhile, Eddie also opened up embarrassing himself when he first met Stephen.

He explained to Collider.com: "I'd spent maybe four or five months researching everything about [Stephen] and in the process, I began to idolise him more and more and what he'd achieved and how he chose to live his life.

"I suffer from verbal diarrhoea and I basically spent the first 35 minutes just genuinely vomiting forth information about Stephen Hawking to Stephen Hawking."

He continued: "I ended up saying: 'Of course, Stephen, you were born on the 8th of January, which is Galileo's birthday ... I was born on the 6th of January, so we're both Capricorns.' There was the six minute pause and in his iconic voice, he came out and said: 'I am an astronomer, not an astrologer'."

The Theory of Everything

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 2h 3min
  • 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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