Sunday, October 31, 2021

Eddie's Floyd Steadman Story

Sky Sports News shared a video about the inspirational story of Floyd Steadman,
rugby captain, teacher, family man, trailblazer. Eddie Redmayne was one of his
former pupils at St Paul's School. 

Eddie talks about his memories of his rugby teacher from 7:29.

"He made you believe that through tenacity, through hard work, through discipline,
and with a fire of passion, you could accomplish something even if it wasn't
necessarily your natural habitat..." 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Theatre visit with fan encounters on 27th October 2021

Eddie went to the Noël Coward Theatre on Monday for the Dear Evan Hansen
musical. He posed for selfies with some lucky fans who posted the photos
on their social media accounts.

@tc_4033: Eddie Redmayne 🥰🥰🥰

@neilmaxfield: Had a chat with one of my favourite actors Eddie Redmayne at the interval
of the amazing #dearevanhansen last night. Made my year!!

@trinitykathlynn wrote: Met Eddie Redmayne and my internet best friend and
had Sam Tutty ball his eyes on to me in words fail what a day... 

@baektrbl posted on Instagram: Eddie Redmayne. Today I met this incredible
actor in the heart of London, Soho. At first I wasn’t sure if he was him.
He wore a mask. Then i came up to him and said: “excuse me?” then just left.
I really wasn’t sure if it was him. Then I realized that such a chance shouldn’t be
missed. Me be like: “Can we please take a selfie?” He be like: “Yeah, okay”
He politely took his mask off and we made a selfie of the year or century.
He left. I shouted: “I LOVE YOU”
He turned around and said “thank you”. He is gorgeous. 😭🖤

Bonus: She also posted a short video on her IG stories

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Eddie in The Graham Norton Show ahead of his West End return

Eddie Redmayne was a guest on The Graham Norton Show tonight alongside
Jessie Buckley, Motsi Mabuse, Stephen Merchant, Sir Ian McKellen,
Elton John, and Charlie Puth.

"I worked with a wonderful movement director, a woman called Alexandra Reynolds,
who has helped me on films that I've done and she's a dancer by trade, and for one
of the last films I did, I had to learn to waltz. And she stopped me halfway through and
she said, Eddie, if anyone ever approaches you to join Strictly Come Dancing, there is
only one answer, and it's no. And I was deeply humiliated. So now I'm in a musical
with Jessie to make up for it, to prove to the world that I am capable of dancing,
which by the way I am not."

Jessie Buckley: 'Eddie's alright...He's getting better.' 

Eddie talked about having lots of fun with the new production.
When he was asked about how it differs from the film and the previous
stage production, he said: 'They are both beautiful and extraordinary, but
Jessie and I love the musical so decided to investigate it in a different way.
'It's properly immersive for the audience, you really feel like you are
in the Kit Kat Club in Berlin.'

Eddie told a story of his Edinburgh Fringe turn in Cabaret in 2001.
Her grandma went to see him then, now Eddie gave a private show to her.
He explained: 'She is nearly 100 and not able to come and see the show,
so I went to her care home with the karaoke version of the musical and
performed the whole thing for her – even Jessie's [Buckley] parts.'
'She definitely dropped off – she said she was closing her eyes
because she was enjoying it so much!'... 

"My wife Hannah - when we decided to do Cabaret - she was like, it is not going to involve
audience participation, is it? And I said, I don't think so, but it is going to be quite immersive.
And she said, you have to guarantee me that there is no audience participation because she
literally has an absolute detestation of it, and also Hannah has this weird thing by which if
she's embarrassed or humiliated, tears start coming out of her eyes, so there is no audience
participation, but... not that I know of (maybe a little). As far as Hannah is concerned!..."

"There is a bit always in the morning, during the movement warm-ups, where
- really the cast of dancers and singers are formidable - we do these warm-ups
in the mornings and there is this big rehearsal space and always across the room,
Jessie and I catch our eyes and we are straining slightly, touching our shins a lot..."

Eddie looked fabulous wearing a Giorgio Armani brown velvet suit.

Velvetmayne is back 😍

Sir Ian McKellen asked: "How many weeks have you had on Cabaret?"

- Rehearsal? We've had about six weeks. Yeah, I think we've had about six in total."

Sir Ian said: "You'd better be good...Particularly as I'm coming to see you. It's my
Christmas treat from Anthony Cotton in Coronation Street, and we are going to sit
in a box... I gather we get to eat food and we'll be able to throw you scraps."...

Near the end, Eddie recalled his first meeting with Sir Ian McKellen:
"I don't know if you know that, but when I was about nine or ten years old,
I auditioned, I had a screen test with you for the film you did of Richard III.,

Ian McKellen said: "You gave a wonderful audition." 

Eddie continued: "But at the same point, I remember it being like a seminal
moment for me. I'm such an admirer of yours, and we have met over the years."

Ian McKellen: "We have, when I saw your Richard II."...

Eddie: "There is a terrifying thing that happens sometimes in the theatre, hearing
you are coming to see Cabaret...Quite often, when you play particularly Shakespearean
parts, obviously they've been played before by very good actors. And I remember,
when I was doing Richard II, there was one seat at the Donmar Warehouse where
the actor who had played... it was the Richard II. seat, and so it was... Ben Whishaw,
Sir Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, and every night I would sort of come, oh, God!
Be good, be good! But you were very generous afterwards."

Ian McKellen: "You were very good. What's the story about you not getting the part
in Richard III, the film?"

Eddie: "Well, sadly, I gave everything, everything my nine-year-old acting self could give..."

Ian McKellen: It was the director, Richard Loncraine. He just didn't go for you,
but... Just imagine what your career might have been like."

Eddie: "You know what was worse though, I was auditioning to play one of the
princes in the tower, and it just happened that the school I was at next term were
doing a production of Richard III, and I auditioned to play the prince in the tower
and I didn't get the part in the school play either...Not meant to be."

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Eddie promotes Cabaret in Vogue UK Magazine November 2021 issue

Autumn de Wilde photographed Eddie for British Vogue. She wrote in her Instagram post:
"I am so thrilled to share my most recent photoshoot for @voguemagazine featuring the
spectacular Eddie Redmayne. Collaborating with him was an actual dream come true..."

Photos by Autumn de Wilde for British Vogue via @arcivemafavs 

Sarah Crompton who interviewed him for the magazine posted this:
"Such a pleasure to talk to Eddie Redmayne about Cabaret and other
matters for British and American @voguemagazine"

Quotes from the interview:

A tentative smile spreads across Eddie Redmayne’s face. “Anxiety is something
that drives me,” he says quietly. “It has for a long time. Ultimately, I think, you
only live once. If it’s a catastrophe, I got to play a part that always felt
unfinished in me. If I don’t do it, then perhaps I will just live with regret.”...

When Cabaret opens in London in November, it will be the second time Redmayne
has played this part. He first gave it a go at 19, in a student production at the
Edinburgh Fringe festival just after he left EtonIt was staged in a grotty, run-down
venue called Underbelly. “I didn’t really see daylight, and became quite skeletal,
and I remember finding it thrilling.” Fast-forward 20 years and that excitement is
still there. So is Underbelly, which, under the guidance of its founders, Ed Bartlam
and Charlie Wood, has morphed into an influential producing company that hosts
festivals in London and Edinburgh and has produced hit shows. It was Bartlam who
approached Redmayne to play the part again; Redmayne then asked Jessie Buckley,
star of Wild Rose and Judy, whether she’d like to take on Sally Bowles, the singer
whose story gives Cabaret its heart.
“Jessie has this extraordinary spirit and an anarchic quality,” he says...

Buckley is an enthusiast, full of energy and commitment. “For Eddie it’s a passion
project, and I was delighted he thought of me,” she says, smiling broadly...

“I’d seen Cabaret done formidably. I’d seen the film, and Sam Mendes’s production,”
Redmayne says. “The only point in us doing it would be if we could do something
different from those other productions, something new.”...

For [Rebecca] Frecknall, the challenge is to make sure its revolutionary quality comes through.
“I am always interested in how you can tell this fresh,” she says. “There are a lot of things
bubbling up: politics, gender, hierarchies, stereotyping, the human fear of otherness and
difference and how that can be weaponized. Eddie brings an angle to it that’s unexpected.”

“I hope when people see the performance, the interpretation will justify the casting,”
Redmayne says. “The way I see the character is as shape-shifting and a survivor.”...

In Redmayne’s case, COVID closed the set of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts just as
he was about to film the third installment. He spent lockdown in Staffordshire with
his wife, Hannah, and his children, Iris, who is five, and Luke, three.
“My wife is gently converting me to someone who knows his way around a veg patch,”
he says, with obvious affection for the woman he married in 2014. “I loved it. Iris was
just learning to read, and Luke was just learning to talk. I felt very lucky to be around.”

Redmayne is clearly nervous about his return to the stage, yet his excitement keeps
breaking through: “In theater, I had such luck with new plays, such fun, and have
not always had that on film. I have done some catastrophically bad films and
had some great experiences. In theater, I’ve always found a wonderful alchemy.”
Finding those moments of truth, when a chink of utter honesty is revealed, is
Redmayne’s goal. “It’s the reason I love what I do, that rare moment when
something becomes real. That’s the drug.” He smiles again, perhaps imagining
the moment his Emcee steps out onstage, peels back the layers of artifice, and
reveals something true...

Note: Actually, it will be the third time Eddie plays this part,

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Eddie's current agency profile pic and some sightings in London


Eddie has a new photo in his United Agents profile.
It's from last year's Esquire photoshoot by Juankr.

@SaraPrim met Eddie Saturday and posted the photo above.
She met him at a hardware store. (source)

Another lucky fan @claudifantini with him.

Eddie signed a Demelza t-shirt for auction at Xmas
source @annajanecasey13 via @hazelblue1926
Anna Jane Casey is Eddie's co-star in Cabaret,
she will play Fraulein Kost/Fritzi.

Eddie and Jessie Buckley will be on the Graham Norton Show
on 22nd October promoting the new West End production of 'Cabaret'.
The Kit Kat Club opens its doors on November 15, 2021.

I can't wait to see Eddie playing the Emcee.
I have my ticket for a November show.

Hannah and Eddie attended the after-show party for the Alexander McQueen
SS22 Womenswear Show at The Standard on October 12, 2021, in London
credit: 雪霏Sophia via @theRED61

@pjneedham40 was 99,9% sure he walked by Eddie in London on 16th October.
I think he was right. It's him.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The official title is Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Katherine didn't know the title of Fantastic Beasts 3 at the time, but now
everyone does (Video (via)). Warner Bros recently released updates, the
third movie got its title, new earlier release dates, and official synopsis.

"Professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald
is moving to seize control of the wizarding world.  Unable to stop him alone, he
entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches,
and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and
new beasts and clash with Grindelwald's growing legion of followers.  But with the
stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?"


 The Secrets of Dumbledore hit theaters on April 15, 2022,
3 months earlier than its previously scheduled release on July 15.
People in the UK and Ireland can see it a week early from April 8.
The release date here in Hungary is April 22.

New/Old outtakes from the photoshoot for 'World Screen Magazine'
with the cast of "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald".
Almost everyone will return in the third installment.

Newt portrait by Will Crawford (x)

At its CineEurope presentation in Barcelona, Warner Bros screened some behind-the-scenes footage 
from Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore, providing a bit of fresh insight into the project.
The  BTS scenes shown in Spain included a quick glimpse of Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald. 
The story picks up in the 1930s, a little after the events of the previous film, and will take place in such
far-flung locales as Bhutan, Germany, the U.S., the UK, and China. Evoked were new creatures, old
favorites, more magic and even a peek back into Hogwarts. (Deadline)

James Newton Howard: "I’m super excited about the Beasts movie. I think it’s by far
the best one. It’s really good. Mads Mikkelsen is playing Grindelwald. He’s so great,
and it’s just great. It’s full of magic and scary stuff and romantic. It’s just really fun."