At the same time Eddie Redmayne won the Oscar for Best Actor in “The Theory Of Everything,” he was also in cinemas delivering one of his other most notable performances – albeit not in a good way.
That performance was as the villain, the breathily voiced space autocrat Balem Abrasax, in the Wachowski’s “Jupiter Ascending”. It was a no holds barred campy baddie that was so over the top his feet never really touched the ground. It also won Redmayne a 2016 Razzie award for Worst Supporting Actor.
In an interview with GQ this week (via AV Club), timed to the release of the new “Fantastic Beasts” sequel in cinemas, the actor looked back at his various roles and offered an explanation for his ‘Jupiter’ role:
“My character had had his larynx ripped out by this wolfman, and so I made the slightly bold choice – which I thought was right – of talking like this [adopts his voice from the film]. I won a prize for it for the worst performance of the year… So, yeah, it was a pretty bad performance by all accounts.”
He also says that at the time he thought the voice suited the costumes and elaborate world of the ostentatious and stunning looking sci-fi film, but in retrospect it may have been a bit much.
To be fair to Redmayne the film famously features Sean Bean playing a half-bee, half-human hybrid named Stinger and Channing Tatum as a half-dog man who looks like a Romulan rent boy. so the tone of his performance does fit.