One of my favorite films of 2014 is director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) The Theory of Everything. The film is an adaptation of the Stephen Hawking biography Traveling to Infinity, written by his wife Jane Hawking. Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as Hawking, The Theory of Everything chronicles his budding relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wide (Felicity Jones), heartbreaking motor neuron disease diagnosis at the age of 21, and groundbreaking scientific work in the field of time. Led by phenomenal performances by Redmayne and Jones, The Theory of Everything will definitely be a player in awards season and I strongly recommend seeing it for yourself when it opens this weekend. For more on the film, watch the trailer.
Recently I landed an exclusive video interview with James Marsh. He talked about landing the gig despite being known primarily for documentaries, casting Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, how the story is told equally from two different characters’ perspective, the challenges of being historically accurate and narratively compelling, his first cut, projects he might try to get off the ground in the light of this film’s success, Robert Zemeckis’ take on his Man On Wire documentary, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
- Marsh discusses the early reception to the film.
- 1:24 – On landing the gig despite being know for primarily for documentaries.
- 2:25 – How the story is told equally from two different characters’ perspectives.
- 3:18 – The challenges of being historically accurate and narratively compelling.
- 4:40 – The first assemble of the film was 3 hours and 45 minutes.
- 5:28 – There was a good 2 hour and 30 minute cut as well.
- 6:40 – Will the cut footage be on the Blu-ray?
- 7:47 – How he physically resembles Michael Bay.
- 8:45 – Marsh wants to make both more documentaries and narrative films.
- 10:28 – The projects he might try to get off the ground in the light of this film’s success.
- 11:26 – Marsh talks about Robert Zemeckis’ take on his Man On Wire documentary.
- 12:42 – On casting Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne.