Remember that episode of Friends where Phoebe calls Joey out on all the things he’s lied about on his acting CV?
Proficient in tap-dancing? A lie.
Ability to speak fluent French? A lie.
Horse riding? “Would fall off a lot.”
Well, it turns out Oscar nominee Eddie Redmayne isn’t innocent of one of Joey’s tall tales either: namely lying about being able to ride a horse.
After giving director Tom Hooper the impression he could ride a horse during auditions for Elizabeth I, Redmayne found himself on a gigantic stallion flanked by 40 Lithuanian stuntmen also on horses, and Helen Mirren waiting at the other end of the road.
“They called action and I basically went ferociously down at 100 miles an hour. I almost killed myself, almost killed half of the crew,” Redmayne reveals to US chat show host Conan O’Brien. “Tom Hooper comes from behind Helen Mirren with a huge loud speaker and goes, ‘You’re a f***ing liar, Redmayne.’”
The Oscar nominee was promptly packed off to horse camp. But that wasn’t the end of it. When working with Hooper again on smash-hit Les Misérables, the director got his own back.
“There’s a scene where I have to ride a horse purely to get back at me for all those years of lying. It genuinely wasn’t part of the plot.”
See a clip from the interview here:
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