Having already met Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman at previous screenings and events, I jumped at the opportunity to catch an early screening of their new movie, Eddie the Eagle!
Since Kaitie was with me for Kingsman's red carpet event, I brought her along for another Moviepilot adventure! We got to the theater and got our seats...
We had popcorn, soda, and a strange feeling that something was amiss. When originally contacted, I was told by Moviepilot that it was just a normal early movie screening... but it wasn't! It was so much more!
Just when we thought the movie was going to start, the stars themselves walked into the theater! Unexpectedly the theater got a special opening of the film from the director Dexter Fletcher, Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, and the true man of the hour himself Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards!
The film is based on a true story, telling the tale of Olympic athlete Michael Eddie Edwards. Cut from the Olympic ski team, British athlete Michael "Eddie" Edwards travels to Germany to test his skills at ski jumping. Fate leads him to Bronson Peary, a former ski jumper who now works as a snowplow driver. Impressed by Edwards' spirit and determination, Peary agrees to train the young underdog. Despite an entire nation counting him out, Eddie's never-say-die attitude takes him all the way to a historic and improbable showing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.
The stars of the film didn't stay, but it was so great to see them again. Eddie Edwards did stay and watch the film, and Kaitie and myself had a chance to meet him after!
When I asked Edwards what he thought of the movie, having it all be about him, he said...
"Loved it! Still makes me cry, even now."
Clearly the film is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for him, as it shows his entire life journey leading up to his dramatic and spectacular Winter Olympics performances.
I myself thought the film was fantastic! It fun all the way through, as most Matthew Vaughn produced projects tend to be. Taron and Hugh are great in their roles, and really bounce off each other well. Besides being fun, its also quite inspiring! The message of the film boils down to you being better than your past self. If you're worse than everyone else, but you still do your personal best, then you're still a true winner! Thats what Eddie the Eagle did. He always defied his own expectations and did his personal best!
See Eddie the Eagle in theaters February 26th! Don't miss it!