For an actor gaining Oscar buzz for his role in a musical, Eddie Redmayne sure has his name in the mix for a lot of comic book movie roles lately. First, he popped up as a potential candidate for Harry Osborn in the “Amazing Spider-Man” sequel, and then last week, Redmayne appeared on a short list of actors testing for the lead in Marvel’s upcoming space epic, “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
When MTV News’ Josh Horowitz sat down with Redmayne recently, they touched on the subject of his rising profile and this recent string of comic book movie rumors. Redmayne couldn’t comment directly, but he’s certainly open to starring in that kind of film.
“As an actor, you never believe you’re going to get a job when you start out,” he said. “You’re lucky to get any form of employment.”
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Just a year ago, Redmayne was still an up-and-comer, who had starred in what was largely a Michelle Williams vehicle, and now he’s supposedly testing for a lead in a Marvel Universe movie. Avoiding any definitive answer about the “Spider-Man” and “Guardians” news, Redmayne downplayed both rumors. “There’s noise with the internet of things that are true and not true,” he said. “If I listen to all of it, I’d go slightly insane.”
Redmayne would, however, share his thoughts on “The Amazing Spider-Man.” “I am a ’Spider-Man’ fan, I am indeed. Andrew Garfield is an old mate of mine from London,” he said. “I think what he and Emma did on that film was beautiful. So yeah, I am a fan.”
While the roles Redmayne chooses have been decidedly high-brow, he does appreciate the direction in which comic book movies have been heading recently.
“I love those films when they’re done well. I loved watching Andrew and Emma in ’Spider-Man.’ I loved watching ’The Dark Knight Rises.’ There seems to be an audience now needing satisfaction beyond spectacle,” he said. “From an actor’s point of view, that makes it intriguing. I love going to see those films. I also like to shake it up — I just did a musical. I don’t like sitting in a box.”