Thursday, November 26, 2015

USA Today interview - Dan MacMedan photos

Eddie Redmayne talks painting - video here (via(x)

“Oh, hey, Eddie Redmayne! An early peek at Dan MacMedan’s terrific photo shoot. The Danish Girl” (x)

Eddie Redmayne talks about his role as a transgender woman in the film 'The Danish Girl.'

Article by Andrea Mandell - excerpts
...Seven months before cameras started rolling, "we went through different looks, different wigs, different makeup. And at the end, I was like, 'Let's just take everything off, I'm just going to photograph you as yourself,' " says director Tom Hooper, who last directed Redmayne in Les Misérables.
"It was just his own hair, minimal makeup, he was just wearing a slip. And he looked the best of all the pictures — he looked beautiful, he looked feminine. Suddenly, there was a confidence there that I hadn't seen all day ... Suddenly, I saw Lili."...

One more photo of Eddie by Dan MacMedan (x)
Redmayne calls Elbe a hero. "She knew at a period in which there was no vocabulary, no context, no trans community. She knew she was born in a different gender to that which she had been assigned," he says. "And the bravery — the stakes were so high that it was either death or getting to live to be herself."
To prepare, the 33-year-old actor spent three years undergoing "the most extraordinary education": meeting transgender women and hearing their stories; learning fundamentals, including that gender and sexuality are separate; and talking to his Jupiter Ascending director, Lana Wachowski, who is transgender. 
"She basically told me where to start reading," says Redmayne, who absorbed texts such as 1933's Man Into Woman (a book published after Elbe's death purportedly drawn from her writings), Jan Morris' 1974 Conundrum and the 2000 novel The Danish Girl, by David Ebershoff (upon which the film is based).
Research allowed Redmayne to find the character of Lili, not Einar, first. "Things became absolutely clear. It was about finding out who Lili was and then working back to who she was when she was living as Einar," he says...

Redmayne, too, marvels at the love story. "One hopes the film continues the dialogue (around trans issues) that has sort of hit the mainstream media in the past couple of years," he says. "But the thing that was so profound and moving when I read it, it was also an investigation into love." - Full article here

my screenshots from the 2. video

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