Nearly everybody gets tongue-tied when meeting a personal hero. But not Eddie Redmayne!
When the actor — who spent months learning how to portray Stephen Hawking in the new film "The Theory of Everything" — got to meet the cosmologist and physicist himself, having nothing to say was not the issue at all.
"I'd spent four, five months researching [him] and he'd become like idol-like in my mind," Redmayne recalled on TODAY Tuesday. "So when I actually got to meet him I was so nervous that I basically just sort of spewed forth information about him, to him, for about the first 40 minutes."
Redmayne, who made a name for himself in "Les Miserables" and "My Week With Marilyn," says he "calmed down a bit after that."
Still, early reviews for the film are buzzing about a possible Oscar nomination for the British actor, whose performance critics have said "towers" and is "astonishing."
Still, Redmayne knows he's no match for Hawking on any kind of scientific level — no matter how many facts he memorizes. "I gave up science when I was like 14 or 15," he admitted on preparing for the film. "I'm not going to lie, I went to kind of like 'Astronomy for Children' websites!"
"The Theory of Everything" opens in theaters on Nov. 7.