1. It Is Based On A True Story
One amazing thing to keep in mind when you go see Eddie The Eagle is that a lot of what you see on screen actually happened. Eddie Edwards was a real person who had a dream to be an Olympian, and he made it to the 1988 Winter Olympics. Like any biopic, some things are embellished or completely made up, but the basics of this story come from real life events.
2. But That Doesn't Mean It's All True
Like I said before, all biopics have embellishments, otherwise they probably wouldn't be able to fill the run-time with a consistent, compelling story. I will say however that the embellishments in this film were quite large. A good example of this is Hugh Jackman's character of Bronson Peary, Eddie's coach in the movie, didn't exist in real life. Therefore, most things in the movie dealing with him didn't happen, or happened to some extent but to another person.
3. It Was A Worldwide Phenomenon
There was a person who was just like you and me competing in the Olympics! He became a symbol of hope and determination for the entire planet! In one year he went from making £6,000 per year, to making £10,000 for an hour-long appearance. Two movies have actually been made about competitors in the 1988 Winter Games: Eddie The Eagle and Cool Runnings. Eddie may have lost both events he competed in, but he won our hearts.
4. It Can Never Happen Again
After the games, The Olympic Committee and the International Ski Federation put a new rule in place, dubbed the Eddie The Eagle Rule, in order to keep amateurs out of the Olympics. A country must have a skiing team, not just a single competitor, and new competition standards were placed so that only professional athletes could compete. Eddie actually tried to compete in the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Winter Olympics, but didn't qualify because of rules put in place as a response to him.
5. His Story Doesn't End There
Eddie continues to be an inspiration to this day. He went back to Calgary in 2008 for the 20th anniversary of the games, and even led a group of skiers down the slopes with an Olympic torch in hand. He went on to have an impressive personal record of 115m in Lake Placid. He has gone on to be a guest on many television and radio programs, obtain a law degree, and even be a torchbearer for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He is the prime example of someone giving their all and succeeding in the face of insurmountable odds.
If you want to see a glimpse of just how amazing Eddie is, then go see Eddie The Eagle, in theaters now.