Gentlemen of Intriguing Appearance: Eddie Redmayne
Well, this is one of those Gentlemen I sat down to write about and realised how little I’ve seen him in. Apart from Pillars of the Earth (thorough entertaining) and a film called Savage Grace (an interesting work if nothing else and also boasts Julianne Moore being excellent as usual), I really didn’t have much to say about Mr Redmayne’s career. So I dutifully sat down to watch Les Miserable. Which was quite decent. For someone who was not as enraptured with the musical as so many seem to be, nor holding a rabid hatred for it, I thought it was well done.
But onto this Gentlemen. Honestly, I think the hair has something to do with it – am bit of a sucker for red heads, though I think this entry marks the first red head – wait, no, that would be Ron Perlman, but he’s gone all dignified white now so let’s pretend it’s the first… So the makers of Pillars of the Earth turned up Eddie’s more muted red hues by a few notches too, but it wasn’t just the hair.
Eddie has that look that comes to a few actors of wounded soulfulness – it gave him an edged in Pillars and also in Les Mis – a sense of passion that is only just being contained. Having more interesting features – the flat line of his upper lip, an unusual profile (yep, I am predictable in that way), a scattering of freckles which are regularly, like red hair, deemed unattractive – all help (ok, those cheekbones are an enormous advantage too.)
So it would seem I have much of Eddie’s catch up with: Birdsong being one, My Week with Marilyn for another. And much to look forward to as well – The Theory of Everything (as a young Stephen Hawking), Jupiter Ascending (which could be awesome or terrible, I can’t quite judge from the trailer).
In the meantime, there is Eddie Redmayne Online to check for updates, and this lovely Pinterest board (not mine, surprisingly. 😉 )