Whether you know British actor Eddie Redmayne best from his villainous turn in “Jupiter Ascending” or his Oscar winning performance in “The Danish Girl”, it’s clear he’s going to be remembered as one of those actors who found themselves in every corner of popular culture. Well, almost every corner. In an interview with Uproxx, Redmayne — who can next be seen in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — admitted that his heart was set on playing a villain in the Star Wars universe.
Redmayne describes the top-secret audition process for last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” noting that the producers dare not risk giving prospective actors real lines from the movie. Instead, they are given a scene from another property (Redmayne mentions “Star Trek” and “Pride and Prejudice”), tell you that you are trying out for a villain and then tell you to go for it. Since Redmayne has lost out a few parts to Domhnall Gleeson, who played Bill Weasley in the “Harry Potter” franchise, Redmayne was asked if he auditioned for General Hux, played by Gleeson in “The Force Awakens”.
“No. So, I was going for, I think, for Adam Driver,” he explained. “They tell you you’re auditioning for the baddie. If you’re me, you then put some ridiculous voice on.” Redmayne is famous (or perhaps infamous) for his voice in “Jupiter Ascending“, perhaps one of the most ridiculous voices in recent cinema memory.
He goes on to describe the audition process: “That was really a hilarious moment. Because it was Nina Gold, who I have to thank a lot because she’s cast me in several films. And she was just sitting there and I was trying again and again with different versions of my kind of “koohh paaaah” [Darth Vader breathing sound] voice. And after like ten shots she’s like, “You got anything else?” I was like, “No.””
It is certain “The Force Awakens” would have been a very different film with Redmayne behind Kylo Ren’s mask. You can next catch him starring as Newt Scamander in the upcoming “Harry Potter” prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which opens on November 18.
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