Eddie Redmayne_BookD: My Week with Marilyn

Series: BookD Podcast (14)
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BookD offers a fascinating perspective into the world of publishing. Listen to authors discuss their inspiration behind their books, and hear the story of how these books were transformed from the initial concept. Tune in every other week for conversations with the stars of literature, art, film, music, science and politics. 'Eddie Redmayne is, by common consent, one of the most exciting actors to hit both stage and screen' The Independent wrote earlier in the year. Eddie may not be a name that everyone knows just yet, but as far as we're concerned this will inevitably change after 'My Week with Marilyn' starts playing in UK cinemas from November. Eddie plays the lead in this one as the Eton educated, fresh faced Colin Clark. Colin is an upper class/ my parents mingle with the rich and famous/ trust fund baby type, who wrote a memoir about a week in his life that would change him forever. You've got to commend Colin for his aspirations toward a more 'normal' lifestyle. He wants to prove himself as a passionate, willing and good mannered individual and doesn't wish for his upper crust background to be the only way to get his foot in the door (although it did get him through Sir Lawrence Olivier's door). The great man was a friend to Colin's parents and once Larry knew that Colin was keen to work in the film industry he readily made him a runner during filming of his 1957 hit 'The Prince and the Showgirl' starring the Baron and the ultimate American blonde, Marilyn Monroe. Contrary to several warnings given to Colin during filming about this leading lady and her needs, wants and must haves, Colin wasn't afraid to get to know Ms Monroe a little better than most of the mere mortals on set. He documents this in his memoir which was later published as a book entitled 'My Week with Marilyn' which published originally in 2000. Redmayne plays Clark alongside Michelle Williams as Monroe. This is a fascinating interview with Redmayne, his charm and wit are addictive and his reading of the memoir is amusing, heart-felt and believable.