Fortismere student interviews Oscar hopeful Eddie Redmayne about The Theory Of Everything

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 January 2015

Eddie Redmayne, left, with Fortismere student Harry Coleman.

Eddie Redmayne, left, with Fortismere student Harry Coleman.


A Muswell Hill student is the envy of his schoolfriends and film fanatics across the country after landing an exclusive interview with Hollywood hot property Eddie Redmayne.

The actor is tipped for Oscar success for his portrayal of wheelchair-bound scientist Stephen Hawking in biopic The Theory Of Everything, which hits cinema screens on Friday.

Budding reporter Harry Coleman, 17, from Fortismere School in Tetherdown, met the actor, his co-star Felicity Jones and director James Marsh after being picked by the education charity Into Film, which works to widen young people’s access to the film industry.

And during the interview Redmayne, who played Marius in Les Misérables, revealed something about Hawking that few people know – he has a “hilarious” sense of humour.

He told Harry: “The overwhelming thing from meeting him is just how funny he is. I kind of left wih sore stomach muscles from laughing. He is a pretty hilarious guy.”

The My Week With Marilyn star, who recently married Hannah Bagshawe, also explained how he prepared for the rigorous role portraying the scientist who suffers from motor neurone disease and communicates via voice machine using facial movements.

He said: “It involved having an iPad with every bit of documentary material of Stephen that I could get my hands on, sitting in front of a mirror and trying to activate those facial muscles we are not used to using.”

Harry, who also caught a preview screening of the film, said: “It was a really fun way to learn more about the film, and I really admired Eddie Redmayne’s performance, so it was really fun to be able to tell him how great I thought he was, and the same with Felicity.”

After the buzz of mixing with celebrities Harry said: “Now I’m going back to schoolwork. Back to reality!”

Harry’s interview with Eddie Redmayne can be seen on YouTube here.

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