Once again, Eddie took time out of his busy promotional schedule to have a conversation with fans this past Tuesday and talk about the his newest project ‘Early Man’ which is out in cinemas this Friday, February 16th 2018.
The fan interview – which has become sort of a tradition; is the time when, amidst all the promo, the questions every Eddie Redmayne fan wants to ask get answered. Indeed, Eddie talked at length about his excitement for his next cinematic venture with Felicity Jones (The Aeronauts) and gave us behind-the-scenes insights about ‘Early Man’ as well as his career choices. Of course, yours truly could not miss the chance to ask him about the #TimesUp movement. It is an overall wonderful read, so please don’t miss it. You can find it below!
Thanks to everyone that took part in this interview: Allison, Marci and most importantly, Charlotte (and Maria) for organizing and transcribing this interview. Here’s Charlotte’s original post on BespokeRedmayne. And a big thank you to Eddie too, of course!
Ali: Since you have stepped into a new role in your personal life as a father these last two years, how has this influenced you as a performer? Does it change your decisions in choosing new roles, such as Early Man, or the way you approach the role itself?
Eddie: Hey guys! First, thanks for jumping on the phone. What a great question. I’ve been asked actually that sort of thing — whether the choice to do Early Man or Beasts or the chance to do more family-centric films stems from Iris arriving. To be absolutely honest, it was not that. It was purely because J.K. Rowling is one of the great storytellers, and Nick Park — certainly in the U.K. — is such an institution. He is one of the great storytellers. And so it would be madness to say no. You don’t know whether those things that look like choices affect the sort of work you get offered, but generally I still try to chase down things that I’m interested in rather than just sit back and wait to see what’s presented. Everyone keeps thinking, are you making these because of Iris? And you know, Iris is 18 months old. Iris cannot see Fantastic Beasts. Iris has the attention span that can barely last the trailer of Early Man. Maybe in the future they’ll see these films, but not at the moment.
Ivonne: It was so interesting to see the energy in the recording booth with you and Maisie Williams and to hear from her how you helped her performance. You’ve always been very generous and complimentary to your female co-stars and women behind-the-scenes, so this may not be much of an issue for you. But in your upcoming films, how are you expecting that relationships and sets might be different because of the #TimesUp movement?
Eddie: I think there’s just been a massive sea-change, and I think that it will change the way that every man is in every workplace across the world. I’ve worked with many formidable women, but certainly when you go on a film set still you see that it is a male-centric place…And so I think that the question, to me, is the same way the film business is being focused on and actors are being focused on, it’s also about people behind the camera, it’s about directors, producers, heads of studios, and then of course into all other industries. So I think, I hope that there will be a shift. For a long time, people would say, oh, perhaps that female-centric films weren’t as commercially successful. But the top three films of the last year were fronted by women, some of them directed by women. It’s just not a valid excuse any more. So I think there will be a change.