As Oscar buzz builds for his leading role in The Theory of Everything (in theaters Nov. 7), the English actor has opened up about the daunting task of playing the world famous physicist Stephen Hawking. "I'm not gonna lie, the pressure felt pretty intense, principally because he and [Jane Wilde], his first wife, and the family were so awesome," Redmayne, 32, admitted to E! News before Monday's screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. "They're brilliantly funny, wonderfully inviting people, and they allowed us to kind of enter their orbit for a while. So, I felt a bit of responsibility, for sure."
Redmayne said the family approves of the film, which was a "great [relief]."
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