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.

Taron EgertonWelsh 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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Still, Edwards says the upcoming movie which stars Egerton and Hugh Jackman as his fictional coach Bronson Peary is essentially a work of fiction.

"I've been warned only 10 to 15% of it is based on my life," he said.

"I've not really seen the script so I don't know what they've picked out of the things that happened in my life and what is made up. There's always a certain amount of [poetic licence] but I'm kind of anxious - what exactly have they put in about my life and how have they portrayed me," he said.

"I was a normal guy, I just did the best I could with what I had - which wasn't much," he added.

"I had no money, no training facilities, no snow, no ski jumps, no trainer but I still managed to ski jump for my country - and getting there was my gold medal."

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