When Eddie Redmayne arrived at the barricades in Les Misérables for his first day of ten-minute-long takes of French-Revolutionizing, director Tom Hooper slipped him a life preserver in a brown paper envelope. It was the script of The Danish Girl.Redmayne took it home and came back onto the barricades the next day and said, “Tom, if you ever get a chance to make it, I would love to play Lili. Just let me know.”The director didn’t require a second read, either, to want to do the picture, but getting it done has been quite a different matter. “I fell in love with Lucinda Coxon’s beautiful script seven years ago—in late 2008 when I was in production with The King’s Speech—but, on this film, that makes me a relative newbie,” he quickly qualifies. “Gail Mutrux has been trying to get it made for 15 years, and Anne Harrison, the other producer, for 10 years. It’s been a passion project for all of us—for me, a seven-year journey to move audiences like I was moved when I read it.”The Danish Girl, from Focus Features, tells the movingly unconventional love story of a couple of married artists in Copenhagen of 1926—Einar Wegener, whose… Read full this story
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