Eddie Redmayne pays tribute to Stephen Hawking

Eddie Redmayne, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hawking in the 2014 movie "The Theory of Everything", expressed his respect for the brilliant scientist who passed away on March 14.

On his personal page, Eddie Redmayne shared a message of gratitude to Stephen Hawking, the eminent British physicist who died at age of 76. He starred in the biopic The Theory of Everything (2014) and won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hawking in early 2015. 

During the preparation of the movie, Redmayne met Stephen Hawking to learn more about the character and the scientist himself went to the studio to see him. 

The Theory of Everything revolved around Hawking's relationship with his first wife, Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones), as well as the difficulties they faced when the scientist discovered he had a neurodegenerative disease (ALS). It affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that make the muscles of both the upper and lower body work.

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Eddie Redmayne celebrated victory at the BAFTA Awards for the film The Theory of Everything (2014) with Stephen Hawking. Picture: Outnow. 

Eddie Redmayne wrote: "We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet," the actor told E! News. "My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family." 

In an interview with W Magazine in 2015, Eddie Redmayne revealed he had studied the life and illness of Stephen Hawking before The Theory of Everything was shot. 

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Redmayne's charismatic and moving performance in the movie helped him win the Oscar. Picture: Outnow. 

Beside Eddie Redmayne, celebrities such as TV host Piers Morgan, comedian David Walliams, former football player Gary Lineker ... also paid tribute to Stephen Hawking through social networks. 

In a statement that confirmed his death at home in Cambridge, Hawking’s children said: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. 

“He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him for ever.” 

Hawking "died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of this morning," a spokesperson for the family said Monday (via NBC News). "His family have kindly requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing, but they would like to thank everyone who has been by Professor Hawking's side—and supported him—throughout his life." 

By: Christina Baker

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