Eddie Redmayne avoids Oscars talk

Eddie Redmayne prefers not to talk about his chances of winning an Academy Award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything' because then he would have to listen to the criticism as well

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Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne refuses to buy into talk he could win an Oscar because then he would have to listen to criticism as well.

The 32-year-old actor prefers to bury his head in the sand when it comes to reviews of his various performances in movies including his latest portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything', despite several critics tipping him for a Best Actor nod for the part.

When asked if he finds speculation he could be up for an Academy Award thrilling, he said: "Do you know what? I try not to listen to it. Because if you listen to the good stuff, you have to listen to all the bad stuff too.

"And that's actually where madness lies. So, I bury my head down and just put one foot in front of the other."

Eddie spent hours and hours in front of a mirror in a bid to isolate certain muscles in his face to try to match the 72-year-old author's facial expressions and while he admits it was a tough experience, he enjoyed the process and found it interesting.

Speaking to the Herts and Essex Observer, he added: "It was intense, but it was also quite riveting.

"It was interesting to really immerse yourself in that world ... waiting for everyone to leave, sitting in front of the mirror and trying to learn to isolate those muscles he uses. It was complicated and different, but it was interesting."

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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