Lunch with Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones: The Theory of Everything

October 24, 2014 9:50 PM

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Stephen Hawking, ALS and all, is such a "character," he's perfect as the charismatic center of a movie. That's partly because of his brilliance in physics and cosmology, partly because his bold yet childlike persona, and partly because of the woman who kept his brain alive, his wife Jane. A new movie based on her account of their courtship, marriage, and ultimate friendship, The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as this exceptional couple. Last week at lunch at the Lotos Club, in a Q&A led by the charming Stephen Daldry, the stars and screenwriter Anthony McCarten discussed their movie relationship in what many are calling performances that top the lists for this year's acting awards; the film should be nominated for Best Picture.

The handsome Redmayne as Hawking starts out as a merely nerdy Cambridge student; as the disease is diagnosed, he's given two years to live. Miraculously, he lives on to marry his sweetheart, father three children with her, complete his schooling and publish several best selling books including the t...

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