Monday, November 3, 2014

Science, marriage, history, challenges - TToE related articles

NY TIMES: Quiet Bohemians, on a Cosmic Scale
"Were there any moments in the filming that particularly resonated with you?
Redmayne: The last scene we filmed. Feliss had been a superhero the whole way through. On a normal film, it’s completely collaborative, but in this film, she had to constantly navigate around how my physical limitations affected the filming. So we got to this scene where we’re meant to be sitting in bed, and there was no dialogue on the page, and so we improvised the whole thing. There was a moment Feliss was looking at me and I said, “Thank you.” And she said, “Did you just say something?” And I go, “Thank you.” It was one of those weird moments when life and art meet.
Jones: We had just had a McDonald’s beforehand, a cold McDonald’s, and there was a pervading smell of filet of fish.
Redmayne: It did kind of kill the romance of the moment.”

The actor prepped intensely for the part in the new movie and then had a nerve-racking meeting with Hawking himself...

...The physical challenges of playing Hawking in the worst throes of his disease were formidable, and scenes of Redmayne as Hawking inching his way dowFn staircases on his back, or writhing in pain, are gripping. Yet Redmayne, who’s become a shoo-in for a Best Actor Oscar nomination for the role, says he was just as committed to embodying Hawking’s puckish spirit.
“What became absolutely clear to me through researching him is that, for Stephen, his disease is secondary,” Redmayne says. “He is truly someone who has lived passionately, and looked forward.”
That doesn’t mean that Redmayne — who trained with a dancer to get his physicality right and had to regularly visit an osteopath during filming — didn’t ache during production. “There were lots of hot baths at the end of the day!” he says.
Redmayne’s next film, “The Danish Girl,” being made by his “Les Misérables” director Tom Hooper, will find him again stepping into someone else’s shoes. Make that high heels. Redmayne will play Lili Elbe, a successful artist in Denmark in the 1920s who was one of the first men to have a sex-change operation.
“After that, I think maybe I’ll take time off from playing real people,” Redmayne laughs. “The stakes are too high. The pressure’s too much, I can’t cope! I’m going to have to go into hard-core therapy.”

Indiewire: Explore The Science And Romance Of 'The Theory Of Everything'
with new clip, featurette and more

Fascinating point-by-point study of the accuracy of The Theory of Everything, which, as Stephen Hawking said, seems to indicate it is “broadly true.” - via (x)
The article begins with  the comparision of the real life people (the main characters of the movie) with the actors who play them (Here I noticed a mistake. Emily Watson isn't Isobel Hawking in the movie, she plays Jane's mother Beryl Wilde according to the Focus Features official site).
In the next part the author answered many questions about Stephen Hawking and the film. 

My short outline of the questions:
  • Has the real Stephen Hawking seen the movie? - Yes
  • Does the real Stephen Hawking feel the movie is accurate? - He said it's "broadly true"
  • Was Stephen Hawking really a member of the Oxford rowing team? - Yes

  • How did Stephen Hawking meet Jane Wilde? - It was at a New Year's party like in the movie.
  • Was Stephen Hawking diagnosed with ALS after a fall? - Only later, when his father noticed the first symptoms, he insisted that Stephen see a doctor.
  • Did doctors really tell Stephen that he had only two years to live? - Yes.
  • How long did Stephen spend in the hospital during his diagnosis? - Two weeks.
  • What made Stephen Hawking want to continue living after his seemingly terminal diagnosis? - The most significant motivation was Jane. "Falling in love gave me something to live for".
  • Did Jane Wilde enter the marriage believing that she would quickly become a widow? - "Yes, but at that stage I did not want to think about that," says Jane.
  • Where does "The Theory of Everything" title come from? - the movie's title refers to Hawking's tireless search to find a single universal equation for all existence.
  • How soon after his diagnosis was Stephen Hawking confined to a wheelchair? - It was six years after his diagnosis.
  • What is "Hawking Radiation"? - Hawking discovered that black holes must emit particles...
  • To what degree was physical intimacy a part of Stephen and Jane Hawking's marriage? - it isn't in the movie, but Jane Hawking discusses the matter in her book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen
  • Did Jane Hawking really offer free room-and-board at their home to students who would help care for her husband? - Yes
  • When did Stephen Hawking lose the use of his voice? - In the mid-1970s, Stephen Hawking's speech had become slurred ... In 1985, he underwent a tracheotomy..
  • Did Stephen Hawking nearly die from pneumonia? - Yes
  • Did Stephen Hawking ever acknowledge his illness? - No
  • How long were Stephen and Jane Hawking married? - from 1965 to 1995 (Hawking left Jane for his nurse, Elaine Mason, in 1990, with the divorce not becoming official until 1995). 
  • Why did Stephen and Jane Hawking divorce? - wasn’t just Stephen Hawking’s disease that put a strain on his marriage to Jane...
  • Did Stephen Hawking leave his wife Jane for his nurse? - Yes.
  • Did Jane Hawking really marry her choirmaster? - Yes.
  • Did actor Eddie Redmayne meet Stephen Hawking? - Yes
  • Did actress Felicity Jones have the approval of Jane Hawking? - Yes.
  • Did Jane Hawking really write a less flattering memoir in addition to the one the movie was based on - Yes.
  • Is it true that Stephen Hawking plans to go into space? - Yes.
  • What do Stephen Hawking's children think of the movie? - "Tim wrote a lovely text message the other day," says Redmayne, "in which he described how [he and his sister Lucy] were watching the movie, and at the end, when Stephen gets up, they both said the fact that they could see, for a second, what their father may have looked like able-bodied was incredibly moving for them. And in turn, very moving for me."
  • Is Stephen Hawking's disease the same one associated with "the ice bucket challenge"? - Yes. 
The full answers are in the article.
At the end there are links with short description if you want to explore more about the true story.

Marriage ​​is hard work, goes the saying. But what about being married to one of the world’s most brilliant men — afflicted with one of the most debilitating diseases?....
...The film’s climactic scene depicting their split is widely open to interpretation, according to Redmayne. “Everyone has a different opinion,” he says. “Some people will say, ‘How could she leave him?’ But I saw it as that his life had been entirely reliant on her, and he couldn’t imagine a sense of being independent. Suddenly he had found someone who was falling for him, and reinvigorating him with a sense of pride. And I think he had also witnessed her chemistry with Jonathan when he lived with them. I feel like it was a release more than a breakup.”
The former spouses are said to be friendly today (he and Mason divorced in 2007, while Jane and Hellyer Jones are still married), and both came to watch the filming of “The Theory of Everything.”
“There was this moment,” says Jones, “where they were both on set, watching us being them when they first met. Which was very surreal.”​

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