Not many actors come to mind when thinking of someone to fill the shoes of a scientific icon like Stephen Hawking. To take on such a role is quite an arduous undertaking. But after seeing Eddie Redmayne dive into his life in The Theory of Everything, it just makes sense that no one else could have been a better Hawking besides Hawking himself.
The James Marsh-directed film written by Anthony McCarten was adapted from Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, a memoir by Hawking’s first wife Jane. Instead of being a movie bubbling over with physics that only 5 percent of the world’s population would understand (although, there is a lot of it), the film focuses on the relationship between Jane (Felicity Jones) and Stephen and how it develops. From their time at Oxford together to when he gets diagnosed with motor neuron disease to their marriage to his rise to fame as a prominent theoretical physicist, the film becomes an exploration of a relationship as much as it is about the science surrounding the genius.
We had the opportunity to talk to Redmayne about stepping into such a role, become a master of equations, and how it was like meeting Stephen Hawking while playing Stephen Hawking.
Eddie Redmayne talks ‘The Theory of Everything’ from dinoray on Vimeo.