Actor Eddie Redmayne, who received an Academy Award for his big-screen portrayal of Stephen Hawking, is paying tribute to the famend physicist, who died on Wednesday at age 76 from headaches stemming from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Redmayne used to be amongst many touched by means of Hawking who remembered the groundbreaking scientist with shifting feedback, together with posts on social media.
“We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet,” Redmayne stated in a remark by the use of The Hollywood Reporter. “My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.”
The British actor famously portrayed Hawking within the severely acclaimed 2014 romantic drama “The Theory of Everything,” which documented Hawking’s early days at Cambridge University, the place he met his long term spouse Jane Hawking, performed by means of actress Felicity Jones.
Jones additionally expressed condolences. “So sad to hear of Stephen’s death. Stephen Hawking pushed the boundaries of who we are and what we believe,” she stated in a remark. “An extraordinary human who could bring humour to the most despairing moments and find hope in the unknown. He showed the world that anything is possible. My thoughts are with his wonderful family in this difficult time.”
Hawking gave the movie his blessing and met with Redmayne, who spent months researching his speech patterns and bodily ticks, a couple of days earlier than filming. Later, after screening the movie and remarking that it didn’t get his digital voice relatively proper, Hawking presented to lend his precise digital voice to the filmmakers.
“When I met Stephen, it was this astounding moment with this man who’d become an idol in my mind. I actually had feared, ‘What if this man ends up in reality being nothing like what I predicted?’” Redmayne advised The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 about assembly Hawking in individual. “Fortunately, in that meeting, he just emanated humor and wit and a joy of life. It became absolutely clear in meeting him that the illness is secondary.”
Hawking it seems that shared a passion for Redmayne as smartly, describing the movie as “broadly true” and praising his efficiency.
“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,” Hawking stated in a put up on Facebook. “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.”