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Stephen Hawking told 'The Theory of Everything' director the biopic is 'broadly true'

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Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne star in "The Theory Of Everything," directed by James Marsh.
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Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne star in "The Theory Of Everything," directed by James Marsh.

We caught up with director James Marsh to talk about how he chose Eddie Redmayne for the role of Hawking and what it was like to screen the film for the physicist.

“The Theory of Everything” is a film about the life and loves of Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist and cosmologist who wrote “A Brief History of Time.”

Hawking, played in the film by British actor Eddie Redmayne, was diagnosed with a form of Lou Gehrig’s disease just as he was finishing college and falling in love with his first wife, Jane, played in the film by Felicity Jones.  

The film was directed by James Marsh, best known as director of the Oscar-winning documentary, "Man On Wire," and written by Anthony McCarten, based on Jane Hawking's memoir, "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen." 

We caught up with Marsh at the Toronto Film Festival to talk about how he chose Redmayne for the role of Hawking and what it was like to screen the film for the famous physicist. 

Interview Highlights

On Hawking seeing himself being portrayed:

On how the film will give audiences insight into Hawking's personal life:
On how his experience working in documentaries informed the shooting of this film:
On choosing Eddie Redmayne to play Hawking:
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