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."