Eddie Redmayne on Playing Stephen Hawking

Eddie Redmayne on Playing Stephen Hawking


– I don’t know if anyone
has seen the movie yet, but you are amazing
in this movie. You are absolutely– [cheers and applause] It’s all about–We’ll talk about
the movie in a minute, but it was your birthday
two days ago. Happy belated birthday.
– Thank you very much. [cheers and applause] – Today, as this airs,
it’s Stephen Hawking’s birthday. – It is, yeah. – How weird is that, that you’re so close together
in birthdays? – I know. Well, I made that mistake
when I first met him. When you meet Stephen,
there are these long pauses because it takes a while for him
to communicate, and I was just filling air. And I started telling him
how we shared the same month and that we were
both Capricorns, which– He is an astronomer,
not an astrologer, which he reminded me of,
which was quite embarrassing. So–but, no, we do.
We share the same month. – That’s amazing, though,
I think. I mean, did you know much
about him before you started
getting into this film? – I am embarrassed. I gave up science
when I was, like, 14. – Mm-hmm.
– I’m useless. One of–the greatest feat
for me playing Stephen Hawking was trying to back
my way into pretending that I knew
what I was talking about. I’d go to all these
sort of complicated websites, and then I’d go
to astronomyforkids.org and kind of try
to work out– – But you knew of him,
and you knew–yeah. I mean, I’ve been fascinated
by him. I think the “Theory of Time”
was the first book that– – “Brief History of Time.”
– “Brief History of Time,” yes. – And what was amazing
about that– was a book
that really translated to people like me,
who really are pretty useless, kind of the meaning
of the universe. – Right, I mean,
he’s a fascinating guy. And you are–
you’re getting Oscar buzz, and–and–I mean,
you’re really, really amazing. The transformation between
the healthy Stephen Hawking to what you had to do
with your body, you had to be sore
every day from contorting yourself in that kind of position
every day, right? – Well, you know, I– I had about four months
to prep for the film, and I went to the–
this ALS clinic in London and tried to educate myself
on the disease and met some
extraordinary people, really formidable people,
who are dealing and coping emotionally and physically
with this disease. I then worked with a dancer, and the dancer helped me train
for four months to kind of teach your body
to shorten muscles and to be able to sustain
some of the positions. So the whole process
was riveting, and really,
I learned a lot. – Yeah, it really– It’s amazing,
and you deserve the nomination for the Golden Globe, and you deserve a nomination
for an Oscar, if that happens. You really do deserve that.
– Thank you. [applause] – So do you– When you sat with Stephen, was he excited
about this project, and did he give you any tips or advice
about playing him? – Well, when I met Stephen,
it was about four or five days before we started filming,
and because– because when you shoot a film,
you don’t shoot chronologically, you have to sort of jump
between different periods in his life
over 25 years within the same day. It was–
Basically when I met him, there was so much
I wanted to ask him, but I almost didn’t know
where to start. I got completely tongue tied,
and I– When you spend time
with him, he just uses this muscle
beneath his cheek to communicate. He has a sensor
on his glasses, so there are
these long pauses. And I just get nervous
of silence, and so I genuinely spent
the first half an hour just spewing forth information
about Stephen Hawking to Stephen Hawking. It was–it makes me sweat
even thinking about it. But eventually I calmed down,
and he’s just so funny. He has this incredible wit, and even though
he can move so few muscles, he just emanates
this charisma. And it really
was a great privilege to spend time with him. – Yeah, you can actually–
you can see that. I didn’t–
I didn’t realize that, that he communicates
everything from moving
that one muscle there. – Yeah, so now,
because the muscles have closed even–or closed down
even further than in the film, he has these glasses
with a sensor, and then this muscles
by his cheek moves, and then on a screen, he has
the alphabet with a cursor, and each time
he twitches that muscle, it stops on one letter. So it’s incredibly–
I can’t get over how frustrating it must be. – Yeah, to wait that long
to finish an entire sentence. – And to find such humor
and such compassion in the way he lived
despite that. – It’s just a reminder
that we’re in here, you know? That’s who we are. That’s all that matters, is we’re always,
you know, still– Our attitude
is all that matters.

100 thoughts on “Eddie Redmayne on Playing Stephen Hawking

  • March 16, 2018 at 8:26 pm
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    capricorns, we are just so cool huh lol jk but honestly this man is a GREAT actor

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  • March 16, 2018 at 8:29 pm
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    Rip stephen

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  • March 16, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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    stephen hawking is free from his own chains now

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  • March 16, 2018 at 11:20 pm
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    #ripstephenhawking

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  • March 17, 2018 at 12:30 am
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    Rest in Peace Steve Hawking๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ my father passed from als 13 yrs ago.. this movie means a lot to me.

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  • March 17, 2018 at 2:58 am
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    He's weirdly adorable!

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  • March 17, 2018 at 3:59 am
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    Rest in peace Mr Stephen Hawking

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  • March 17, 2018 at 5:09 am
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    Mady see he's from fantastic beasts

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  • March 17, 2018 at 5:41 am
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    Beautiful man I wanted to yell into the screen not to slouch!

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  • March 17, 2018 at 6:10 am
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    NEWT SCAMANDER

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  • March 17, 2018 at 7:12 am
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    rest in peace, our legend
    Stephen Hawking /*

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  • March 17, 2018 at 11:05 am
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    RIP STEPHEN HAWKING ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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  • March 17, 2018 at 11:46 am
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    He kind of looks like Stephen Hawking too

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  • March 17, 2018 at 5:32 pm
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    *Steven

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  • March 17, 2018 at 6:26 pm
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    Who were here after his death ๐Ÿ˜‘

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  • March 18, 2018 at 7:25 am
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    RIP HAWKING โค๏ธ

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  • March 18, 2018 at 8:11 am
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    How many of u are here after death of the great Stephen Hawking ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”

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  • March 18, 2018 at 11:55 am
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    Finally, a fellow Capricorn

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  • March 18, 2018 at 1:51 pm
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    Newt Scamander

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  • March 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm
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    Watching this in 2018
    R.I.P Stephen hawking

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  • March 18, 2018 at 10:46 pm
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    I have the same birthday as Stephen hawkingssss rip

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  • March 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm
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    My mom said she fell in love with him because of the way he played that role

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  • March 19, 2018 at 8:58 pm
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    Stephen Hawkings has sadly passed away.๐Ÿ˜ž

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  • March 20, 2018 at 5:43 am
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    R.I.P, Stephen Hawking.

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  • March 20, 2018 at 6:45 am
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    Mr. Scamander!

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  • March 20, 2018 at 8:08 pm
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    What is the name of the book?

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  • March 20, 2018 at 10:23 pm
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    OMG he called Stephen Hawking an astrologer. I would have loved to have been there for that…

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  • March 21, 2018 at 12:59 am
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    These scientists are fraudsters at best, nothing but NASA puppets

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  • March 21, 2018 at 1:13 am
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    R.I.P Stephen Hawkingโค๏ธ

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  • March 21, 2018 at 4:00 am
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    Lmao this dude really has his foot up on tv

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  • March 21, 2018 at 2:03 pm
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    Rip Eddie u will be missed by all๐Ÿ˜ญ

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  • March 21, 2018 at 5:53 pm
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    Les miserable dude it's funny cause I just finished watching les miserable like two days ago.

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  • March 23, 2018 at 6:13 pm
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    R.I.P Stephen Hawking

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  • March 24, 2018 at 6:18 am
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    I love him so fricken much and The Theory Of Everything has been my favorite movie. Oml I just love him so much

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  • March 24, 2018 at 11:59 pm
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    RIP Professor Hawking.

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  • March 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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    we all miss you stephen u will be remembered.

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  • March 29, 2018 at 3:47 pm
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    our attitude is all that matters? come on ellen

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  • April 2, 2018 at 2:10 am
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    This movie is my favorite movie like for real

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  • April 7, 2018 at 2:46 pm
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    Rip stephen hawking

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  • April 9, 2018 at 8:30 pm
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    What a Hufflepuff. He's so cute and Awesome
    He was awesome as Stephen

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  • April 14, 2018 at 8:39 pm
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    I love the movie . Rip Steven hawking

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  • April 21, 2018 at 7:58 pm
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    who's watching whilst hawking is dead ๐Ÿ™

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  • April 22, 2018 at 4:22 am
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    2018…Still Watching
    RIP SIR STEPHEN HAWKING

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  • April 29, 2018 at 12:45 pm
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    I have seen Theory Of Everything and he was completely into it I felt as if it was Stephen just reborn to a teen and it all worth it

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  • May 3, 2018 at 8:22 pm
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    3:13 SO ME!! and this honestly is one of the many reasons that make me love him even more! how adorable is he???

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  • June 24, 2018 at 4:15 am
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    I love eddie redmayne soooo much. He is perfect in every single way

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  • June 28, 2018 at 6:58 pm
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    He's very handsom

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  • June 30, 2018 at 2:22 am
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    And then he goes and wins the Oscar for this movie ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ

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  • July 20, 2018 at 9:38 pm
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    He is so attractive! And so good at acting! It was like he actually had Als disease, like he actually was Stephen Hawking. Even Stephen Hawking said that he actually thought he WAS him when he was young

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  • July 23, 2018 at 7:54 pm
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    Amazing man. ๐Ÿ˜

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  • July 25, 2018 at 1:18 pm
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    ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  • July 28, 2018 at 11:00 pm
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    I feel so honored and blessed to be sharing the same birthday as Mr Stephen Hawking. January 8th โค๏ธ

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  • August 3, 2018 at 12:06 am
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    I need to see that movie!

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  • August 3, 2018 at 11:07 am
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    His acting was on the point

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  • August 12, 2018 at 10:42 am
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    I loved him in "The Theory of Everything!"

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  • August 16, 2018 at 11:52 pm
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    Who else cried the intir way through this movie even at the happy parts๐Ÿ˜‚

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  • August 25, 2018 at 12:37 am
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    I saw this movie an it made me cry

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  • September 6, 2018 at 8:39 pm
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    RIP Steven Hawking

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  • September 9, 2018 at 8:32 pm
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    one of my favorite movie actually ! I was so glad when I saw him on fantastic beast, like he finally known internationally !

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  • September 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm
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    One of my favorite films

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  • October 10, 2018 at 8:48 pm
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    God I love the theory of everything!!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 6:05 am
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    Awwwwww he so adorable just wanna hug him he has such an amazing voice ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  • October 26, 2018 at 9:12 pm
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    Every interview I see with Eddie whenever the Oscars are brought up her looks so uncomfortable even though he was nominated twice and won!

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  • November 8, 2018 at 3:12 pm
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    His playing was perfect.

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  • December 12, 2018 at 2:08 am
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    Eddie really looks like Stephen at 1:19

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  • January 7, 2019 at 8:47 am
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    Such a beautiful person and movie๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  • January 8, 2019 at 4:14 am
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    I watched a theory of everything earlier i cried on how great his performance

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  • January 22, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    Lovely voice

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  • January 30, 2019 at 1:43 am
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    AH! Then he went on to win the Oscar. What an incredible actor.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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    Itโ€™s really amazing

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  • February 1, 2019 at 7:51 am
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    0:52 โ€“
    Eddie :
    "I gave up science when I was like fourteen. I'm useless."๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜Œ
    Me :
    "Same Eddie same. ( sighs ). Geez, I've found my mental clone." ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

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  • February 10, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    Damm

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  • February 12, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    I just finished watching the movie this evening and Eddie was breathtakingly brilliant. I tried not to cry so many times whilst watching it, I nearly paused the film every five minutes because I needed to breather.

    Such a talented and kind soul and rest in peace to who is possibly the greatest mind we have ever known, Stephen Hawking.

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  • February 21, 2019 at 9:42 pm
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    OMG! Im hearing his real voice for the first time today. I've watched the fantastic beast, and that transgender movie, I forgot the name haha and the theory of everything but I'm hearing his voice for the 1St time from here

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  • March 2, 2019 at 6:33 pm
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    He is everything and talented. Wow just wow

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  • March 12, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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    RIP Stephen Hawking

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  • March 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    This guy is 34 but still looks like a teenager ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ, Eddie is really adorable , unique

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  • March 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    R.I.P Prof.Stephen Hawking

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  • April 14, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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    He was so cool!!! Beautiful movie ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  • April 28, 2019 at 3:58 am
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    Gorgeous as Stephen Hawking

    Rest In Peace, Stephen Hawking

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  • April 29, 2019 at 4:18 am
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    Such an amazing movie I balled my eyes out

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  • May 8, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    He is so handsome hay

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  • June 17, 2019 at 7:17 pm
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    I did

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  • June 28, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    I love Hawking!

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  • August 1, 2019 at 12:13 am
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    Eddie Redmayne is so talented! Id love to learn acting advice from him!

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  • August 6, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    i find it particularly embarrassing that ellen asked whether eddie was familiar with stephen hawking, considering eddie attended the University of Cambridge whilst Stephen was working there. Also, everyone is familiar with stephen hawking.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 11:47 pm
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    I have a problem… I watched all of his movies and I think almost all of his interviews. I need more content!!!

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  • September 23, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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    Do what to say thank you for all good people out there helping out I need for all you

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  • September 25, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    And now he is Newt Scamander

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  • September 28, 2019 at 8:00 am
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    Where can I watch this movie???

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  • September 30, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    You guys are joking right??
    He's not Eddie

    HE'S NEWT SCAMANDER…

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:22 am
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    Everybody is talking about how good he looks. But does no one wants to talk about the fact that Eddie and Ellen look a bit like they are related?

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  • October 4, 2019 at 10:17 am
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    2019 anyone

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  • October 4, 2019 at 12:10 pm
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    Newt.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 1:03 pm
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    Great, more abled people playing disabled people, just great

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  • November 28, 2019 at 7:59 pm
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    saw the movie just now!!
    Eddie Redmayne did an extraordinary job…โค๏ธ wot an acting

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  • December 16, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    This show is published on this channel, on Hawking birthday๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ.

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