Friday, March 31, 2017

Quotes from the 'Madame Figaro' interview - photos by Simon Emmett

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 ! "...

An old from 2007 for GQ by Simon Emmett
Eddie Redmayne, Toby Jones and Michael Sheen in GQ May 2007
Scan by k280-2

The quotes are translated from French to English by me. Neither is my native language, sorry for the accidental mistakes.

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