“He has a nice physical resemblance to Stephen Hawking as a young man,” said The Theory of Everything director James Marsh about one of the reasons why he went with actor Eddie Redmayne to play the groundbreaking physicist. Marsh and the film’s screenwriter and producer Anthony McCarten took time out Monday night to talk with Deadline’s Dominic Patten at the Awardsline screening for the Focus Features biopic, which has amassed four Golden Globe noms (best drama, actor Redmayne, actress Jones and best original score by Johann Johannsson), three SAG nods (actor, actress and ensemble) and five Critics Choice Movie noms (picture, score, actor, actress and McCarten’s screenplay). In this clip from last night’s Q&A at the Landmark Theatre on Pico Blvd., Marsh and McCarten detail how Redmayne and Jones boarded the project. The Hawkings had an old fashioned type of marriage with a lot of subtley woven in; a relationship that was typical in British post World War II society. The trick for the filmmakers lie in landing two actors who could convey that chemistry.
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