The entire Eddie the Eagle filming schedule was set around Hugh Jackman.
The 47-year-old actor plays former ski jumper Bronson Peary in the film, which stars Taron Egerton as Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards. The film has already received rave reviews from critics, with many particularly praising Hugh's role.
However, director Dexter Fletcher has revealed they had only six weeks to shoot with Hugh after he decided to sign up for the movie.
"Hugh is a genuinely nice guy," Dexter said during an interview on British morning show Lorraine on Friday (01Apr16). "He had a very small window of availability but he read the script and he was excited and passionate about it and wanted to be involved so we built the whole schedule around him really - he had six weeks when we could use him and unfortunately it was the end of winter, so we went out to Germany to film but all the snow was melting which created its own problems to create a ski film with no snow."
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Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman have become best buddies.
The two actors, one an established Hollywood heavyweight, the other one of Britain’s hottest new talents, star alongside each other in Eddie the Eagle. The film is based on the true story of how skier Michael Edwards, known as Eddie the Eagle, became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
“Making this movie was one of the happiest times of my life,” Taron beamed to HeyUGuys.com. “It was a wonderful experience, I feel like I’ve made two of the best friends I’ve made in years in Hugh and Dexter (Fletcher, director).
“And not just the three of us but the whole crew, the whole cast, everybody was just fantastic. It was just a really… it had great team spirit, it felt like we were all doing something we were very passionate about, and I regarded it as one of the happiest times of my life. Actually something of the spirit of the fun we had out in Germany, and then in the UK, really translates on screen.”
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Dexter Fletcher , Director - Stars attend the premiere of the biopic movie of British skiing Olympian Michael Edwards, also known as 'Eddie The Eagle' Edwards. at Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 17th March 2016
Hugh Jackman struggled to keep a straight face on the Eddie the Eagle set, because his co-star kept trying to mess up his lines.
Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taran Egerton, who portrays British Olympic ski jumper Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards in the new biopic, spent much of filming trying to make Hugh ruin scenes.
Taron, 26, admits working with the laid-back Australian, who plays trainer Chuck Berghorn, was one of the best experiences he's had in Hollywood so far, and the castmates had a lot of fun making each other laugh during the shoot.
"We had such a good time," the Welshman gushed on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. "The movie is inspirational and uplifting, but it's just so funny. We just spent two months laughing at each other.
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Even when Michael Edwards was a small boy, he had huge ambition. Whenever the Olympics were on the TV Eddie would gleefully watch and admire the athletes and their abilities, it was the catalyst that drove Eddie to become a household name.
Though he was a strong skier, Eddie had zero knowledge or ability when it came to Ski jump, but the lack of competition was his in. Eddie decided that he too was going to become an Olympic athlete, HE would appear and represent his country at the winter games.
With no sponsors and everything working against him, Eddie begins training. Accident after accident, bad run after bad run - Eddie tirelessly continues with his quest to somehow reach his goal. Whatever the outcome of Eddie's journey, he's sure to change the sport and the winter Olympics forever.
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The Eddie the Eagle biopic has taken on somewhat of a poetic license.
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, the celebrated British ski-jumper, says an upcoming film of his life is largely "made up" and is only 10% accurate. Eddie the Eagle is directed by Sunshine on Leith's Dexter Flecher and stars the Hollywood actor Taron Egerton.
Welsh actor Taron Egerton will play Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards
Edwards became internationally renowned after becoming the first ever Brit to compete in an Olympic ski-jumping event. Edwards finished last in both the 70m and 90m ski jump events at the 1988 games in Canada. His jam-jar glasses to his far-sighted vision and general clumsiness made him an unlikely celebrity in both the US and UK.
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With Sacha Baron Cohen replaced by Ben Whishaw and Dexter Fletcher abandoning the project, will the Freddie Mercury biopic ever finish production?
Will the Freddie Mercury biopic ever sail into smooth waters and make it onto the big screen? At the moment, it just seems to be one obstacle after another when the project, originally intended for release in 2015, is concerned. The first major disappointment for the project came when funny man actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who is most famous for his alter egos, Ali G and Bruno, dropped out after he had originally been cast as Mercury. Although the project will obviously not be a comedy, Baron Cohen had initially seemed like the perfect candidate to play the role of the legendary Queen frontman.
Ben Whishaw has replaced Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury
Baron Cohen and Mercury certainly share an aesthetic resemblance, although the worry seemed to be whether or not the comedic actor would be able summon the gravitas necessary for the role. Roger Taylor, the drummer for Queen, had expressed doubts in the past that Baron Cohen was “too funny”, adding “We felt Sacha probably wasn’t right. We didn’t want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved.” In contrast, Baron Cohen seemed to have wanted the movie to be darker than the other Queen members, who want it to attract a wide audience, had intended. The creative differences seemed to prove too much to all parties involved, and Baron Cohen parted ways from the others involved with the project. English actor Ben Whishaw has replaced Baron Cohen to play the role of Freddie Mercury in the 2015 biopic.
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'Sunshine on Leith' director Dexter Fletcher has left the Freddie Mercury movie.
Director Dexter Fletcher has walked out on Sony's Freddy Mercury movie, meaning it's back to the drawing board for a project that has already suffered numerous setbacks. Fletcher, who landed the gig after his work on Sunshine on Leith, did not see eye-to-eye with GK Films' Graham King on the direction of the movie, according to Deadline.
Dexter Fletcher Has Left The Freddie Mercury Biopic
Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw is set to play Mercury, but the delay in finding Fletcher's replacement could have wider implications for the production schedule with Whishaw preparing to begin work on the new Bond movie with Sam Mendes.
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Kermit and friends are set to go international with the help of their unfortunately named new tour manager Dominic Badguy, with hopes of selling-out major theatres in all the big cities of the world including Berlin, Madrid and London. As usual though, things are not about to run smoothly for these trouble magnets as they are forced to postpone their tour when Kermit becomes under suspicion for robbery. It's bad luck for him that there's another frog in town - the formidable Constantine, who organises a jewel heist with the knowledge that he may evade capture because of his unwitting doppelganger. Constantine tries to pretend he's Kermit amongst the other Muppets in an effort to evade detection while Kermit gets locked up, but will they realise their mistake in time to release their real friend and finish their tour?
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British actor-turned director Dexter Fletcher will take on the Queen biopic and fellow Brit Ben Whishaw will portray the legendary frontman Freddie Mercury.
British actor Ben Whishaw has been confirmed as the lead role in the forthcoming biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
The 33 year-old has been rumoured as the other band members target for the lead role since October, especially since fellow Brit Sasha Baron Cohen dropped out of the project.
The 'Ali G' star was closely attached to the film since it's announcement in September 2010 but the remaining members of Queen, thought his presence would be "very distracting" in the lead role.
Kermit and friends return, embarking on an extensive world tour that sees them reach all corners of the globe at sell-out theatre shows in the likes of Berlin, Madrid and London. However, things can't be that easy for these disastrous Muppets as there's always someone out to bring them down; this time, a major organised jewel heist occurs stopping everyone in their tracks when they realise who the culprit is. Constantine, is the world's most dangerous frog, but he becomes even more of a threat by his striking resemblance to Kermit himself. In a horrifying turn of events, Kermit gets locked up for a crime he didn't commit - while Constantine goes about trying to fool his friends into thinking he's the good frog. Will Kermit's friends realise who they've let into their lives in time for justice to be served?
The Muppets return in 'Muppets Most Wanted' - a grippingly funny sequel to their 2011 Oscar winning movie 'The Muppets'. The new movie sees the return of director James Bobin ('Da Ali G Show', 'Flight of the Conchords') alongside writer Nicholas Stoller ('Get Him to the Greek', 'Gulliver's Travels', 'Yes Man'), and it's due for release in the UK on March 28th 2014.
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