When I used to be smart, about 25 years ago, I read the book ‘A Brief History of Time.’ It was written by acclaimed British professor Dr Stephen Hawking, who has been afflicted with ALS (also know as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) since he was a young man. Though bound by a wheelchair and unable to talk, he has managed to continue his work as a physicist and also lend his computerized voice to many episodes of The Simpsons and the Big Bang Theory.
This week, I caught up with the star of the new movie The Theory of Everything which is in theatres now. Eddie Redmayne plays the role of Dr Hawking — A tough role for any actor, Eddie pulls it off showing the sad transformation of Dr Hawking in his younger years.
In this giant Australian’s opinion, Eddie will be a lock for a Best Actor Oscar nomination — and I would go as far to say he should win it.
In the video above, Eddie and I talk about the first moment he met Dr Hawking.
“If you’re me,” says Redmayne, “and you’re someone that can’t really deal with silence, you end up spending the first 45 minutes telling Stephen Hawking about Stephen Hawking and basically giving him his life story while he looks at you like, ‘really?’.”
“And then I calmed down a bit,” Redmayne laughed.
Be sure to watch the trailer for this incredible flick below.
–Brad Blanks, Scott Shannon in the Morning/WCBS-FM
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