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Eddie Redmayne Almost Had a Meltdown Before Filming 'Theory of Everything'

Eddie Redmayne Almost Had a Meltdown Before Filming 'Theory of Everything'

Eddie Redmayne looks slick in his suit on the cover of The Mr Porter Post‘s latest issue.

Here is what the 32-year-old Theory of Everything actor had to share with the mag:

On almost having a meltdown before filming began: “The first scene was at the start of the film, pre-diagnosis. The second was when Stephen was using two walking sticks. By the third, he was in his second wheelchair. I was terrified. It was like I’d been asked to write a sentence in permanent ink starting with one word at the beginning, one at the middle and one at the end. I was having a complete meltdown – it was four in the morning, I was getting picked up at five, and I hadn’t slept. I was thinking, ‘I can’t start a job like this’.”

On the Oscar buzz for his work: “Please don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful compliment… I just hope it serves to get the story out to more people…”

On Stephen Hawking’s reaction to the movie: “I met him again just before he saw the film. I said, ‘Stephen, I hope you enjoy it, and please let me know what you think.’ A minute or two passed as he typed away with his eye-tracking software. Then, in that famous, vaguely robotic voice, he replied: ‘I will let you know what I think. Good, or otherwise.’”

For more from Eddie, visit MrPorter.com!

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Photos: Tom Craig
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    Working at Porter’s engineering, all ‘jobbing’ work is done on time sheets, I don’t know if this can be streamlined with voice modulation. It was usually double the worker’s time with the cost of materials and it’s similar to an arborist who could quote various amounts to do a gardening job. People work some jobs and don’t get double time pay, and maintenance work on liquid gas tankers doesn’t pay ‘danger’ money, so people have to know what they are doing.