TIFF: Eddie Redmayne gets Oscar buzz for playing Hawking

Global News

TORONTO – Eddie Redmayne is already garnering Oscar buzz for his transformative performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

In the romantic biopic, Redmayne embodies Hawking’s physical deterioration from his diagnosis with ALS as a 21-year-old Cambridge student to his eventual loss of speech and mobility. The story is told through the prism of his relationship with first love Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones).

Director James Marsh said in an interview Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival that the 32-year-old English actor — best known as Marius in 2012’s Les Miserables — worked intensely to master the role.

“(He prepared) at great length and great detail and with great dedication and application of amazing months and months and months of physical work on his voice and how he moves, and to master a progressive disability that starts with someone who can walk to someone who’s lame…

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