Allie Merriam: So you have met Stephen Hawking, did he give this film his blessing?
Eddie Redmayne: He did. You know, I met Stephen about five days before we started filming; it was one of the most terrifying moments of my life, because I had spent six or seven months researching him. But he was incredibly generous then and he was incredibly generous when he saw the film. He basically gave us his voice. He has a -- his iconic voice and he has a copyright to that, and after he saw the film, he gave us his actual voice, and for me that was the greatest compliment.
[Video]Allie Merriam: Did he have any advice for you before you started shooting?
Eddie Redmayne: The thing that I gleaned most from him was when you spend time with him, he has this humor and this wit and this kind of, sort of love of life that just like emanates from him. He has this aura and that was the thing that I suppose I took away most. Allie Merriam: This film is really almost love story, so tell me about having Felicity to share this process?
Eddie Redmayne: I love Felicity Jones. I think she is a genius; to get to work together was a bit of a dream for me.
Felicity Jones: Eddie is just the most lovely, kind, giving, I mean I will just keep going, just every time I looked at him I was like, this is easy because you are Stephen Hawking, you know?
Allie Merriam: How involved were Stephen and Jane Hawking in the making of this film?
James Marsh: Well, Jane more so than Stephen. I mean, first the film is based on her memoir. It's a very long, detailed account of living with Stephen and their marriage. I think they approve of what we have done. And he also said in his interview that he thought Eddie was him, but if the performance works it's down to Eddie, not down to me. I gave him the responsibility and supported that, he is a very, very, very good actor.
Eddie Redmayne: The difficulty in playing Stephen was also the thing that excited me about it, if you are lucky enough to have the privilege to play someone as iconic as this, it's your -- as I say, it's like a full on privilege and you fight hard to get it and then you are lucky enough to play it, and it's then promptly followed by deep fear when you actually have to do it.