Eddie Redmayne may have an Oscar on his shelf, but that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone has been on board for every performance he’s ever done. Quite famously, he gave one of his worst, hammiest performances in the Wachowski-helmed Jupiter Ascending not long after his Oscar-winning performance in The Theory of Everything.
If you’ll recall, the voice he put on kind of resembled a wheezing guinea pig. Admittedly, I passed on the film myself, but even I’ve found myself on YouTube just to see the “so bad it’s good” villainous role. But why did Redmayne decide to voice his character like that? Surely, given that he’s given great performances before, he has to have come from some place of logic, right? Here’s what he told Collider:
“His larynx had been ripped out by this wolf man, so I made this slightly bold choice—which I thought was right—of talking like this for the whole film, which I felt suited the costumes and the extremity of the world. But in retrospect it may have been too much?”
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Indeed, the actor is very much aware that audiences didn’t care for what he did in that film:
“People seem to either enjoy what I do or loathe what I do, and for those people that loathe what I do, Jupiter Ascending tends to be their favorite of my performances (laughs). I won a prize for it for the worst performance of the year, so yeah it was a pretty bad performance on all accounts (laughs).”
Hey, no one can really say much against the dude. He has a solid track record in terms of performances, and he’s easily more successfully than most of us will ever be, but at least he has a certain amount of awareness that other actors in a similar situation may lack.
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