Eddie Redmayne Said the Most Embarrassing Thing to Stephen Hawking

by Meredith B. Kile 4:06 PM PST, November 07, 2014
Playing Eddie Redmayne Said the Most Embarrassing Thing to Stephen Hawking

Eddie Redmayne spent so much time researching his role as Stephen Hawking that when he actually met the physicist, he had more than enough to talk about.

"I basically got verbal diarrhea," he told his The Theory of Everything co-star Felicity Jones as they interviewed each other for ET. "I spent half an hour telling him about himself."

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Redmayne and Jones play Stephen and Jane Hawking in the biopic about the physicist’s life and battle with ALS. The film is already garnering awards buzz, but the actor felt anything but Oscar-worthy as he nervously spoke to Hawking for the first time.

"It takes him a while to speak, so there were lots of pauses and silences," he told Jones. "It got so bad that I was filling the air reminding him that he was born on the 8th of January, which is Galileo's birthday. And I said I was actually born on the 6th of January, so we're both Capricorns. When the world 'Capricorn' came out of my mouth, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so horrific in my life."

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Redmayne did admit that Hawking, a known jokester, got the last word in.

"He spent ten minutes typing something out," he told Jones, "and said 'I'm an astronomer not an astrologer.'"