If you have never been on a red carpet then you can’t know this, but they can be a massive waste of time. You can stand around for hours to get an interview and then you get absolutely nothing. Stars run late and get in a hurry. Well, not the stars and director of ‘Eddie the Eagle’. They walked the red carpet and honestly would have talked a lot longer if their publicists weren’t stopping them. Here are the transcriptions of my interviews with Hugh Jackman, Taron Egerton, and Dexter Fletcher.
INTERVIEW – DEXTER FLETCHER
NATHAN LIGON – So, I read that the amazing thing about Eddie Edwards was the fact that the worse he seemed to do in the Olympics the more celebrity he received. He was even on The Tonight Show. What do you think endeared him to the public?
DEXTER FLETCHER – Yes, he was on The Tonight Show, with Burt Reynolds. The thing about Eddie was that he was different. He was an every man. He was not the archetype of sports stories we are used to. He was just a guy who practiced in his back yard. He had no money or equipment and he figured out how to get to the Olympics. And it was kind of like, if he can do it then I can do it. Which is kind of the vibe of the film. This guy didn’t give up or listen to the people who told him he couldn’t do it. He just chose to ignore those people and do it. Which is really what works about the film. When he gets there you are rooting for him, but your just hoping he doesn’t fall over because he falls over a lot. And I think the press gravitated towards him because he enjoyed himself so much. He had a natural exuberance.
INTERVIEW – TARON EGERTON
NATHAN LIGON (to Taron Egerton) – What were the challenges in this role?
TARON EGERTON – Well, I had to learn how to ski. Which I had never done before. And I also had never done a role were I had to change my appearance before.
NATHAN LIGON – Did you put on any weight?
TARON EGERTON – Yeah, I did. I felt I really needed to.
NATHAN LIGON – That’s certainly dedication. I also wanted to ask you about the new Robin Hood movie I heard you were going to be in. Can you give us a scoop on that?
TARON EGERTON – Yeah, sure. It’s a movie, that’s currently in pre-production, called ‘Robin Hood: Origins’. It’s going to be directed by a guy name Otto Bathurst, who did a show called ‘Peaky Blinders’ with Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. It’s being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m Robin. And Jamie Foxx is going to play Little John.
NATHAN LIGON – No shit. That’s sounds pretty cool. Do you know when production is supposed to start shooting?
TARON EGERTON – Not yet, but it will all begin to solidify once ‘Kingsman 2’ is done. It’s cool though. I’m excited.
INTERVIEW – HUGH JACKMAN
HUGH JACKMAN (to Nathan Ligon) – Nice shirt mate. (reference to my Deadpool shirt)
NATHAN LIGON – Right. (Publicists tells me no Deadpool questions) I read that your character is largely fictional. So, I’m wondering what you drew from for the role.
HUGH JACKMAN – Ginger Baker.
NATHAN LIGON – Really!
HUGH JACKMAN – Yeah, did you ever see that doco, ‘Beware of Mr. Baker’?
NATHAN LIGON – Yes.
HUGH JACKMAN – Yeah, because I was trying to do research about ski jumping and they are the rock ‘n’ rollers. They are the ones who surf jaws in Hawaii. They’re kind of mad men and when they party man, they kinda party like there is no tomorrow. Which makes sense because there could be no tomorrow with what they do. They are kind of crazy that way. So, I got into that thing and watched Ginger Baker because he was one of those guys who, without drumming, would have been dead at 18. You know what I mean? So, for Bronson Peary, ski jumping was his thing and that was taken away from him. That’s what I drew from.
So, after talking to the stars and the director, I was really interested to see how this movie was going to go. Was it going to be some cliche’ sports movie or was it going to be something special. Well, I don’t know if I would call it special and it does have some cliche’s, but I certainly understand Eddie’s appeal now. He was a real go getter and the type of guy that never let anything get him down. Which is why this movie is pretty damn inspirational.
The film begins a little cheesy, with a montage of young Eddie constantly failing in funny ways. There is also a lot of one note sequences of his father telling him to give up and learn to plaster like him. Then the movie fast forwards to 1987 and it really hits a stride. Eddie wants to be part of the Olympic downhill skiing team, but the British Olympic committee doesn’t like him. He’s just not Olympic material to them.
Eddie disagrees and tries to find something else. It takes no time for him to discover ski jumping and he is all in. He travels to Germany with little money and sleeps in a local diner to stay warm. It is in this section of the movie that ‘Eddie the Eagle’ becomes quite magical. He tries over and over to get his jumps right. He fails consistently, but gets right back up to try again. He even gets out in the hospital after failing his first 70 meter jump, but he comes right back. It’s quite something.
It’s also in this little ski community that he meets Bronson Peary (JACKMAN) and Eddie’s relationship with Bronson is a key part of the film. Both Jackman and Egerton are wonderful in their roles. They are quickly likable and most everyone watching this film will root for them quickly. I especially enjoyed Egerton as Eddie. He gets all the little facial expression and ticks just right, but it’s his spirit that is most embodied. It is almost impossible not to root for him.
I also love the 80’s musical score in this film. It’s not just a bunch of cheesy 80’s music (although there is a little of that), but the actual instrumental score is very reminiscent of those old 80’s tv shows. Yet, it is still largely inspirational in its drive. Almost like an instrumental version of ‘Eye of the Tiger’. I absolutely loved it in the movie and it creates a spirit that carries the emotional weight of the film.
So, despite some cliche’s and cheese, it’s impossible for me not to recommend this movie. It’s fun from beginning to end and the characters are truly wonderful. You will be won over by ‘Eddie the Eagle’.