Eddie Redmayne Talks Stephen Hawking

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My boyfriend, the darling Les Miserables star Eddie Redmayne, will be playing the role of Stephen Hawking in the upcoming film The Theory of Everything.   Hawking was a famous theoretical physicist who suffered from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  The film is about Hawking’s relationship with his first wife, Jane who will be played by actress Felicity Jones.  

Redmayne speaks with Entertainment Weekly about the challenges of playing a role:

“The real problem with making a film is of course you don’t shoot chronologically,” says the actor.  “So it was about having to really try and chart his physical deterioration [so] you can jump into it day-to-day, whilst at the same time keeping this spark and wit and humor that he has.”

Redmayne was able to meet with Hawking while he was preparing for the role and noted, “even now, when he’s unable to move, you can still see such effervescence in his eyes.”

When Hawking first received his diagnosis at age 21, he was told he would be dead in two years.  He went on to have three children with Jane and is currently 72 years old.  He also went on to divorce Jane after falling in love and subsequently marrying a nurse of his.  The marriage did not last- however I don’t think the Hollywood version of his life will get into that nitty gritty detail…

The film will be released in theaters in November.

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at 2:14pm
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