I've mused at the thought of being an actor more than enough times in my life. I feel like that I have the talent to do so, naturally, but the business is so hard to even get into and on top of that, it's so competitive (plus, it's not the best life for a family man, from my perspective).
So many actors/actresses out there try there best and by all rights could be a much better thespian than many of the Hollywood's "A-listers" yet will never get their shot in the limelight or at best be typecast as a glorified supporting role. It's really quite depressing; but where that depression flourishes, the encouragement flourishes much more. Despite the fact that many fail to achieve their acting goals, there is a small handful of actors/actresses that squeeze through the barriers of luck and make their way to the forefront of everyone's attention.
One such actor is none other than Oscar-winning actor, Eddie Redmayne.
Now, he might have already won an Oscar, but that doesn't mean that he's a big name actor. No, not yet. But he will be. He's been hard at his acting career for years, the first movie of his that I saw him in was Elizabeth: The Golden Age, where he played Anthony Babington, a tool of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was being used to help plot the assassination of Queen Elizabeth I of England.
Another movie that I was shocked to be remember seeing him in was The Other Boleyn Girl, where he played the second husband of Mary Boleyn, William Stafford.
You've Got My Attention, Eddie
It's amazing that there are actors who could have been in the business for years and yet you don't always hear about them right away. But things changed concerning my attention of Eddie Redymayne when he played the role of Marius Pontmercy in the amazing 2012 musical, Les Misérables.
This was the first time that I had seen Eddie Redmayne in a starring role. Sure he wasn't the main character, but his role was significant and he gave a performance that I was extremely impressed with. His vocal range was also pretty good as he demonstrated why he was a good fit for a musical. I remember being moved almost to tears during his song: Empty Chairs and Empty Tables. It was such a scene that dealt a great deal of emotional impact, check it out.
If you haven't seen the film, I urge you to go and rent/buy it because it was an amazing piece of film/music art. Eddie Redmayne, as well as the large cast of other actors, did an excellent job.
The Film that Led to an Oscar
It would seem that Eddie Redmayne caught the attention of the right people after so many years and having just had an excellent performance was in Les Misérables because he was offered the role of none other than one of today's greatest minds, Stephen Hawking.
After winning a great performance of truly transforming himself and uncannily resembled the real life genius. It was a great film and a great performance from all the cast members but with Eddie Redmayne as the leading man, it was bound for success.
What the Future Holds
After breaking through the oppressive chains of acting and entertainment, Eddie Redmayne is now going to be on the radar for many, many film-makers and producers in Hollywood.
I know I am interested in seeing where he goes because he has stated that he has a desire to play a superhero role and even missed out on playing Guardians of the Galaxy's smart-mouth leader, Star-Lord, which eventually went to Chris Pratt (who in my opinion was probably more suited for the role).
But I'd definitely be open seeing Redmayne take up a cape somewhere in the superhero mythos (either Marvel or DC) just like I've always wanted to see Benedict Cumberbatch play a supehero and now I can next year when Doctor Strange is released.
But I'm rooting for Eddie Redmayne's success to keep flourishing, there's even talks that he is in negotiations with Warner Bros. right now about playing the lead, Newt Scamandar, in J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which is connected to all the Harry Potter mythos (which are awesome films/books btw). But I think Redmayne has the personality and the presence to pull off this type of film, especially with David Yates directing it (he directed the last four Harry Potter films).
It's said that the talks of having him play this role are so far that J.K. Rowling has even sent him her script treatment of the film and that he was really pleased with what he's read. Obviously nothing is confirmed at the moment but it would be interesting to see the way things develop for this movie over time, especially if Eddie Redmayne is involved.
So have you been paying attention the progress Eddie Redmayne has been making in Hollywood, besides just his Oscar win? Are you going to check out his filmography and start watching/re-watching the films you've may have missed him in previously? If he was to play a superhero, who would you have him play? And last, but certainly not least, do you feel he is a good contender to play Newt Scamandar in Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them?