Star Apps: ‘The Theory of Everything’

Stephen Hawking is famous for his research in general relativity and quantum gravity, but also well known because of his near-total paralysis from ALS. Before taking on the role of the acclaimed scientist, that’s what actor Eddie Redmayne knew about Hawking: “I knew he was a physicist, but I didn’t know about astronomy, cosmology, and astrophysics. But when I read this script, I just couldn’t believe how much there was behind the icon.” Based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, “Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen,” “The Theory of Everything” delivers a more complete picture of Hawking as a husband and father. Eddie Redmayne talked to me about what he learned playing Hawking, developing chemistry with co-star Felicity Jones, and his favorite apps.

Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

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Prior to getting involved with this film, what did you know about ALS, and what did you know about Stephen Hawking? I knew embarrassingly little about both. I don’t think I even knew that ALS was degenerative. I had been at Cambridge and had seen Stephen Hawking from a distance. I knew his voice. I knew he was an icon. I knew he had done certain things with black hole theory. I knew he was a physicist, but I didn’t know about astronomy, cosmology, and astrophysics. But when I read this script, I just couldn’t believe how much there was behind the icon… [Read more]






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