Eddie Redmayne is an acclaimed actor who has taken on many roles throughout his career. From the beloved Stephen Hawking to his last appearance The good nursethe Oscar winner has explored a variety of roles and genres. But many know him best as Newt Scamander. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Redmayne spoke about his work in the Fantastic Beasts Films that show how acting on the show helped fulfill a “childhood dream”.
That Harry Potter franchise spawned the notable Fantastic Beasts series of films. The first film in the franchise, released in 2016, is titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. With a star-studded cast, the film drew even more fans to the beloved wizarding world.
Redmayne played Newt Scamander, the most talented magizoologist in the wizarding world, in the film. He reprized his role in the sequels, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
According to IMDb, the Fantastic Beasts The film series is considered to be Redmayne’s most critically acclaimed and commercially successful film to date. The films introduced him to something new and helped the British-born star reach the next stage in his career. Additionally, Redmayne helped play Newt, a “childhood dream,” as he recently revealed to Vanity Fair.
In his Vanity Fair interview, Redmayne took fans through a timeline of his career, including his role in the Fantastic Beasts Franchise. “I love Newt, I’ve loved him as a character since I read it,” shared the actor. “He was eccentric, he was unique, he had exceptional empathy and he was passionate. Passion is an interesting thing. It’s not often celebrated.”
Redmayne continued. “When we started the first one Fantastic Beasts, there were things that were very stressful. Having a magic wand is like your childhood dream, but suddenly this thing is presented to you and you get total stage fright. I have no idea what to do with it.”
Redmayne revealed that he and his co-stars started a “wand school” to become familiar with their props. He also described how exciting it was to welcome new actors on set and watch them learn their wands. “It’s been an amazing thing to work with these guys and on a scale I’ve never seen,” said Redmayne. “My biggest takeaway from those films was just this wonderful group of actors and crew.” He added, “Invention just gushed out of them.”
The future of Fantastic Beasts Franchise stays in flux. From the upheavals in the cast to the scandals surrounding series creator JK Rowling. But it’s still certain that fans would love to see more of the magical world and the characters that inhabit it.
For Redmayne, who has admitted his love for the character Newt on more than one occasion, the films gave him a chance to discover new sides of himself and explore a world that fans around the world find absolutely fascinating.
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