Stephen Hawking Praises Eddie Redmayne in 'Theory of Everything'

November 19, 2014
Source: Stephen Hawking

The Theory of Everything

Though we like hearing the scientific take on films from brilliant minds like Neil deGrasse Tyson, it's not all that ordinary to hear from physicists when it comes to their opinions on movies. However, we'll definitely listen to Stephen Hawking when he decides to throw some praise at the performance Eddie Redmayne turns in for The Theory of Everything, the film chronicling the early work and life of Hawking himself. There's been a lot of praise and awards buzz for Redmayne's role in the film, and Hawking went out of his way to tell his Facebook followers just how impressed he was with the actor's big screen performance.

Here's what Stephen Hawking posted to his Facebook page (via SlashFilm):

I thought Eddie Redmayne portrayed me very well in The Theory of Everything Movie. He spent time with ALS sufferers so he could be authentic. At times, I thought he was me.

Seeing the film has given me the opportunity to reflect on my life. Although I’m severely disabled, I have been successful in my scientific work. I travel widely and have been to Antarctica and Easter Island, down in a submarine and up on a zero gravity flight. One day I hope to go into space.

I’ve been privileged to gain some understanding of the way the universe operates through my work. But it would be an empty universe indeed without the people that I love. -SH

Watch the latest trailer for The Theory of Everything right here.

The Theory of Everything is directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire) and written by Anthony McCarten (Death of a Superhero). The film tells the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). With Jane fighting by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they ever dreamed. Emily Watson and David Thewlis also star in the film Focus Features releases on November 7th.

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Although the story may not hold up, I will see this for the performance of a lifetime, Redmayne seems like he is giving here. And I do not like Redmayne as an actor.

DAVIDPD on Nov 19, 2014


Same here - I was underwhelmed w/ him in "Les Mis", and can't recall any of his other roles. But I know of Hawking, and any time an actor attempts such a physically challenging role & succeeds w/ the blessing of the portrayed person/family, it's a must-see.

VAharleywitch on Nov 20, 2014


You never go full genius.

The Walking Cuban on Nov 19, 2014

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