More photos from the Eddie Redmayne photoshoot for 'Madame Figaro Magazine'
..."I have always conceived fashion as an art. My father passed to me his sense of style, and
he always told me that a well-cut suit is like an armor that gives confidence. But to work with
a photographer, I also need to invent a story and live it, to slip into someone else's shoes. Here,
I thought of James Dean, Michael Caine ... Difficult to split their personality of their game. "
We can better understand what his partner Michelle Williams meant about the shooting of My
Week With Marilyn, by Simon Curtis, where he played a young assistant-director of love for the
vulnerable Hollywood star. "Eddie does not interpret his character. He embodies it totally and with
such intensity that it becomes disturbing. I had this strange sensation of having his character
in front of me, who suddenly appeared out of the big screen to play Eddie Redmayne"...
He sees himself at 10, with his hair "color fire", as he describes himself laughing,
auditioning for a musical comedy of Irving Berlin. "I found myself in the midst of
seven hundred kids. I was terrified and I was not taken. But as Oscar Wilde said:
"You always have to aim for the moon, because even if you fail, you land in the stars.
"Over the course of his career, Redmayne has more than once " landed in the stars "...
His friend Jennifer Lawrence, also impressed by his performance (as
Stephen Hawking in TToE), had said to him: "You are extraordinary, but
you have to be a masochist to sacrifice your body and mind to the cinema ..."
In this photo studio in Tottenham, Redmayne blushed and burst out laughing
when he was reminded of Lawrence's ironical praise: "Like every actor,
I surely have a certain amount of masochism, aggravated by an obsessive
desire to restore as pure as possible the complexity of a character or a text,
he acknowledges. Often people ask me if I do not get bored playing the same
play for nine months every night, as I did as an assistant of the painter Mark
Rothko in London and then on Broadway in Red (for which he won the
Laurence Olivier Award and the Tony Award for Best Actor). The answer is
no ! Because the greatness of the theater is to dig every night and to seek the
perfect harmony as in music, or the decisive moment as in photography. "...
Chopin is an obsession for him: "I was so moved when I discovered the
plaster casting of his hand at the Museum of Romantic Life in Paris! Paris,
a city he loves and where he would like to live: "I spent two months there
with my wife this year," he told us in a charming French and with an accent
he describes as "ridiculous" Apologizing. It is also in France that he
discovered painting: "My parents have a house near Saint-Tropez, where
I still stay regularly. My first emotions, I felt them in a small museum, the
Annonciade, before the drawings of Matisse. He has the gift of capturing a
whole and restoring it with an economy of means, of traits. What elegance ! "...
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The quotes are translated from French to English by me. Neither is my native language, sorry for the accidental mistakes.