Eddie Redmayne, who played the late Professor Stephen Hawking in the 2014 biopic The Theory of Everything, has paid a beautiful tribute to the scientist.
We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet.
My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.
36-year-old Redmayne won the Oscar for Best Actor for his touching portrayal of the scientist in the film.
Actor Eddie Redmayne has paid tribute to Stephen Hawking. Eddie played the professor in the 2014 film, The Theory of Everything. pic.twitter.com/bMSAiSDxd4
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) March 14, 2018
Redmayne met the professor while researching the role and described their time together as ‘one of the greatest moments of my [his] life’.
The actor explained:
When Stephen saw the film, I was rehearsing so I couldn’t see him beforehand but I saw him just after he went in and I said ‘hey Stephen I’m very nervous, but please do let me know what you think’.
He took a while to respond and said in his iconic voice ‘I will let you know what I think, good or otherwise’.
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Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of the morning at the age of 76, his family have said.
The Brit genius was known for his work on black holes and relativity and wrote the iconic A Brief History Of Time.
At the age of 22 Professor Hawking was given only years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease but managed to fight it to the grand old age of 76.
His children Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement:
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 forever.
Hawking defied medical opinion after being diagnosed with form motor neurone disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1963.
The disease kills most of its victims within the first five years, and Hawking was given two years by doctors, however he outlived the expectations by over 50 years.
In Stephen’s own words, which NASA has shared in a heartfelt post: ‘May you keep flying like superman in microgravity’.
RIP to one of the world’s greatest minds.