Eddie Redmayne can't carry briefcase since playing Newt

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 November 2016
Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne has admitted he now feels carrying his briefcase since playing Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' because of the expanding travel case the magical character has

Eddie Redmayne feels like a "d**k" carrying his briefcase since making 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'.

The 34-year-old actor usually carries around a battered vintage suitcase when attending work meetings but now feels uncomfortable with his choice of bag because of its similarities to the expanding travelling case used by Newt Scamander, his character in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off film

He said: "I say, 'I'm sorry, I'm not one of those actors. I'm not one of those that turn up dressed as Superman!'

"It's my favourite case in the world but now I have this weird thing where I've always used it but now if I use it people will think I'm becoming mad or something.

"It's like I'm having this moral issue with myself, but no Eddie, don't give that up just because of what other people think, but it looks like I'm being a d**k anyway."

Eddie is a big fan of his "naughty and spiky" character, especially as the wizard isn't a traditional hero.

He told SciFi Now magazine: "I love Newt because he's complicated, he's not your average sort of hero.

"In fact, he's quite naughty and spiky, and he's much more content in his own company or the company of his creatures than he is with other human beings."

And Eddie loved having writer J.K. Rowling on the set because she could always answer any questions he or his co-stars had about their characters or the wizarding world.

He said: "What's amazing about what J.K. Rowling does is everything has such a logic that you don't even need to think about it because she has done all that work for you. Her universe is so thorough. Having her on set, she is the resource, and if you ever have a problem you just go and ask her."

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • UK / US
  • 2h 13min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: David Yates
  • Written by: J.K. Rowling
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
  • UK release: 18 November 2016

Newt Scamander (Redmayne), a socially-challenged animal whisperer of sorts, has to gather up the fantastic beasts which have escaped from his briefcase and are roaming 1920s New York. A suitably magical spin-off, with Rowling's screenplay skilfully balancing dark and light, and director Yates maintaining a thrilling pace…

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