Eddie Redmayne claims he’s not a movie star: ‘I’m just trying to pay my mortgage’

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Eddie Redmayne isn’t my particular cup of tea, looks-wise. He’s too pretty and model-y for my taste, although I’ve seen many photos of him where all I can think is “wow, such a beautiful, interesting face.” So, is this the best photo of Eddie on the cover of Variety? Nope. I think they were aiming for sultry and it just became… weird. The Variety article is about Eddie’s career thus far, how he struggled to find work in the early days, and how he prepared for The Theory of Everything and playing Stephen Hawking. It’s a great read – go here to read the whole thing. Eddie comes across as a really nice dude with a big group of friends and colleagues who adore him. He even talks about Benedict Cumberbatch and the possibility that two posh Brits could be going head-to-head for the Best Actor Oscar. Some highlights:

Eddie on his friend Benedict Cumberbatch: “I totally see why people are (comparing us), because of the subject matter; we both play geniuses. But I won’t be engaged in that. I think he’s the most beautiful actor. I’ve long admired his work, and continue to do so. I hope there’s room for both our films.” Cumberbatch had played Hawking in a 2004 BBC TV movie, and the actor’s name even showed up on set one day, when “Theory of Everything” was filming at his old boarding school. “There was this hilarious moment when we were shooting a scene at Harrow School,” Redmayne says. “There was a wooden board with names engraved on it, and by my head was ‘B. Cumberbatch.’ I’m like, ‘Dude, you’re haunting me!’ I took a selfie of me dressed as Stephen and sent it to Ben.”

He’s not a movie star: “A movie star is someone who has to open a film to gazillions of dollars. I’m just trying to pay my mortgage.”

This is what Kristen Stewart says about him: “We had a great time together. This is not a word I use a lot, but it describes him perfectly. He is a f–king lovely man. And he’s astounding as an actor. He’s the type of actor, and guy, you want to go on an adventure with.”

His time in LA, struggling with Andrew Garfield, Tom Sturridge & Jamie Dornan: “You’d come over for a month. We used to go to the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, and split a sandwich between us because that meant we could get cheaper parking. We’d swim and play table tennis for hours. We were staying on friend’s agents’ floors, and renting places together. I’d be driving the cheapest rental car. But then you’d get to turn up at the CAA party. All these huge limos would arrive. I’d be in this red blob.”

E.L. James dissed him when he said he would be open to playing Christian Grey: “She took to her Twitter feed to go, ‘Under no circumstances!’ I was like, all right, all right! Am I that bad? I can put a whip in my hand. I can get all kinky, can’t I? Apparently not.”

[From Variety]

He should take it as a badge of honor that E.L. James dissed him. That should get him MORE work. Anyway, most of the article is about the process Eddie went through to show Hawking’s physical deterioration and it’s pretty clear that Eddie put a ton of work and research into the role. Hawking even liked Eddie’s performance so much, he agreed to lend his computerized voice to the film to make Eddie’s performance more authentic. Eddie also says that Hawking totally flirted with Felicity Jones, the actress playing Hawking’s first wife. Here’s something else I didn’t know: at one point, early in the process of casting this film, producers wanted Michael Fassbender. That would have been a fascinating casting choice, but I’m glad it went to Eddie.

So, if it does come down between Benedict’s Alan Turing and Eddie’s Stephen Hawking, who has the upper hand with the Academy? The Academy loves posh British actors, so that’s kind of a wash. I feel like Benedict is more “familiar” to the average Oscar voter, but I think Eddie’s physical transformation will be a huge factor. Sigh… I just hope they BOTH get nominated. Seriously.


Photos courtesy of Robert Maxwell/Variety.

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  1. Abbott says:

    You forgot the part where he mentions a nurse had to wipe a tear from Hawking’s face because Eddie’s performance was so beautiful. (I’m not making this up)

    ETA: I think BC and ER may cancel each other out come Oscars and Michael Keaton may snag Best Actor.

    • Kiddo says:

      Good story on the performance and emotional response.

      I like Michael Keaton, though. I think he has been an under-appreciated, woefully under-rated actor for years.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      @Abbot – Totally agree on Eddie and Benny splitting the vote and Keaton winning the Oscar.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Keaton’s performance is amazing in Birdman.

      • Abbott says:

        Lilacflowers, you’ve seen it?!? I’m supposed to go this weekend. What did you think? And the supporting cast?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I saw it last Friday. The film itself left me a little cold but it was very well done. Amy Ryan is getting overlooked in most of the reviews but she is amazing, as always. Naomi Watts does a nice job and Edward Norton steals every scene he is in. Norton devours most of the scenery. And Zach plays the voice of reason.

  2. khymera says:

    Come on this man is not pretty. He looks like a land shark. This reminds me of cumberbatch. Even though he is better looking than Cumberbatch.

    • Artimis says:

      ^This!^ He is not attractive in any way.

      • Liv says:

        How can you say that? I find him attractive. You can say that you don’t find him attractive, but I really hate these sayings like “She’s ugly”, “He’s not attractive”. Just for you I guess.

    • misstee says:

      I think he looks the spit of Tommy Steele, that musician/actor from the 50/60’s

    • jammypants says:

      I don’t think he looks great either…it’s his lips. If they weren’t so pale, I might think differently.

  3. Sixer says:

    I know! Both films tug the heartstrings, right? I have a sneaky suspicion I’m going to prefer the Hawking film but Benny does have the full weight (pun intended) of Harvey behind him so I think the nom betting has to go that way.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Harvey has a lot of weight, in every meaning of the term, but going solely based on the trailers, I think I’m going to prefer the Hawking performance as well.

    • Sixer says:

      I’m pretty sure I’ll love both. I’d still prefer to see Spall’s name in lights, however. Oh, and I think Pride should win every award going this year.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I still haven’t seen Pride yet. Hoping to do so this weekend. It’s only playing in a cinema that’s a difficult commute. Spall’s film seems so far away but that’s the one I really want to see. After watching him on Graham Norton, I’ve decided his normal speaking voice is identical to my grandfather’s.

      • Sixer says:

        I know one of the guys in the original group that Pride is based on (not hugely featured in the film, though) so I confess to a huge bias. I truly loved it, however. Still snivelling halfway home in the car!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I confess to a huge bias in favor of Bill Nighy so I’m sure I will truly love it and I have really enjoyed the trailers for it.

  4. FranticallyBored says:

    Thanks for listening to our honks!
    He just seems like such a NICE guy. Like, a really, really nice, hot guy.

  5. Freebunny says:

    He seems to be a lovely guy.

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    He seems so sweet and grounded. Please let him be sweet and grounded. Please don’t tell me something awful about him, because everyone in Hollywood turns out to be disappointing. Just let me have this one, sweet and grounded guy. Please.

    • Jaderu says:

      He tinkles with the door open and leaves his clipped toenails on the carpet.
      Sorry. Someone had to tell you.

    • Abbott says:

      Eddie is the man behind Beyonce’s baby bangs. Sorry GNaT.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Dear cruel people,
      My wife told me that if anything ever happened to her, I should let you know, for she considered you all her friends. Well, I just found her, or what’s left of her, melted into a puddle of tears beside her iPad open to this page and twelve empty vodka bottles and a few cake crumbs. Thanks a lot.
      Mr. GoodNamesAllTaken

      • Jaderu says:

        FYI to Mr. GNAT

        MRS. GNAT is draining your bank account.
        Sorry. Someone had to tell you.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Dear Jaderu,
        No shit. #I’mNotBlind #ICanCount

        Mr. GNAT

      • Jaderu says:

        okay okay I give. LOL
        P.S. @Mr. GNAT – could you rummage around the vodka and cake disarray and see if GNAT completed her valedictorian speech?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        You mean that note written in blood that says “school prizes suck?”

  7. don't kill me i'm french says:

    He looks like Bruce Jenner with fuller lips

  8. Goats on the Roof says:

    I got chills just watching the trailer for this film, and I can’t wait to see it! Please cover this lovely man every damn time there’s an opportunity!

  9. PunkyMomma says:

    I hear him about paying the mortgage. Makes him relatable –

  10. Lilacflowers says:

    Eddie and Tom threads on the same morning. Is it some sort of Eton holiday?

  11. MacScore says:

    The Variety pics don’t do him justice, IMO. I think he’s amazing – anyone remember “Pillars of the Earth”? At that time I was still crushing on Rufus Sewell, and Redmayne blew him away. What a beautiful, interesting face. And I agree with GNAT – please please please let him be (stay) sweet and grounded. Can’t wait for the Hawking film!

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      +1. Eddie has been on my revolving short list of my favorite pet actors since Pillars. I love his red carpet style, his humility, his educated, witty interviews! And he’s a great actor. I think it’s cute he & Jamie are good friends — they did the ALS ice bucket challenge together — yet their backgrounds seem so different. Eddie seems like he gets along well with everyone.

      Other current favorite young pet actors: Rupert Friend and James Norton. Nortons range in playing a psychopathic thug in Happy Valley vs the crime solving hot vicar in Grantchester has blown me away. Like Eddie, he’s also into style and has a posh education including RADA.

      • LAK says:

        Boredsuburbanhousewife: long time!!!

        And as always, surreal coincidences because I binge watched ‘Death comes to Pemberley’ last weekend and was wondering why I had never seen James Norton before!!!!

        I’m currently nursing a mini crush on him and Harry Lloyd.

      • Sixer says:

        Seconding the vote for James Norton!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @LAK, welcome to mini-crush-on Harry Lloyd land!

      • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

        @LAK great to hear from you. I’ve been mostly lurking but always treasure your comments. Do check out Norton in Happy Valley it’s streaming on Netflix now.

        I also have a soft spot for Charlie Cox and Harry Lloyd. And I’d totally bang Captain Hook on OUAT. Not the actor, the character.

      • jammypants says:

        Harry Lloyd is gorgeous.

    • Lee says:

      In total agreement! He is much more beautiful than these pics suggest. And sweet. And smart. I want him to stay this wonderful always…

  12. Mia4S says:

    Well he’s not a movie star; he’s an actor. He should be proud.

    The win would be a nomination, that’s the goal for him and Cumberbatch. Too young and green for the win. Remember, Oscars are mostly about politics, not talent.

    Fassbender as Hawking? Well he would have been great but I think they cast this well.

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      Daniel Day Lewis won the Oscar for My Left Foot which involved a similar transformation. Until then he too was a relatively unknown British actor,

    • Isadora says:

      I have a feeling producers want Fassbender for everything these days and when he declines all the other guys get a chance.

  13. Reece says:

    He’s model pretty which is not really that pretty. IMO It’s just bone structure.
    But I like him.

  14. jammypants says:

    I’d love to see both films actually.

  15. lunchcoma says:

    I’ve never seen him in anything (this film sounds good, though, so that will likely be corrected when I can access it) but damn he’s likable.

  16. joe spider says:

    Never taken too much notice of Eddie but saw a trailer for The Theory of Everything and he looked amazing in the part.

  17. birch says:

    I concur with his statement. I don’t think of him as a movie star either.