“Comfort and I don’t go very well together”: Eddie Redmayne Doesn’t Want To be Bogged Down by Fantastic Beasts, Called Harry Potter Franchise a ‘Machine’

Eddie Redmayne is grateful for his role as Newt Scamander but doesn't want to get stuck in the Harry Potter universe.

"Comfort and I don't go very well together": Eddie Redmayne Doesn't Want To be Bogged Down by Fantastic Beasts, Called Harry Potter Franchise a 'Machine'

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  • His appearance in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find The made Eddie Redmayne an overnight pop culture icon.
  • Eddie Redmayne claimed to find the Harry Potter franchise a “machine” where he will only gain good working experience, but never learn anything.
  • Redmayne mentioned although he appreciates the opportunity, he isn't willing to be bogged down by Fantastic Beasts.
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Starting as a child actor at the age of 11, Eddie Redmayne has now become one of the most renowned stars, with an Academy Award under his belt. Appearing in a myriad of movies, Redmayne particularly earned his fame with his acclaimed drama movies like The Danish Girl and The Theory of Everything

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However, what turned him into an overnight pop culture icon is his appearance in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But, despite gaining appreciation for his 2016 movie and its sequel, Redmayne claimed to find the Harry Potter franchise a “machine” where he will only gain good working experience, but never learn anything. 

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Eddie Redmayne is Grateful For The Fantastic Beasts Movies 

Beginning his acting journey at the age of 11, with a small role in a Jonathan Pryce-starring and Sam Mendes-directed production of Oliver!, Eddie Redmayne steadily rose the ladder of success over the years. Soon after more than a decade of experience, Redmayne started gaining roles in acclaimed projects like The Danish Girl and The Theory of Everything.

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Eddie Redmayne in Theory of Everything

Winning an Oscar for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne made a position in the entertainment industry. Soon the actor appeared to be taking steady steps towards being this generation’s Daniel Day-Lewis or Ralph Fiennes. And then just like Fiennes, even Redmayne ventured into the Harry Potter franchise. 

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Redmayne is grateful for the Fantastic Beasts sequels

Gaining his role in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, although the movies took him slightly off track from his notable genre of drama, the Harry Potter franchise earned him immense fame and recognition. Turning into a pop culture icon overnight, Eddie Redmayne mentioned being grateful for his role as Newt Scamander. 

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Eddie Redmayne Critically Slammed The Harry Potter Franchise 

During his discussion with GQ, Eddie Redmayne expressed his gratitude for the billion-dollar opportunity to be a part of the Harry Potter franchise. Although the actor initially auditioned to be a part of the Harry Potter movies, he later fulfilled his dream with the Fantastic Beasts sequels, alongside larger-than-life talents like Jude Law, Johnny Depp, and Mads Mikkelsen. 

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Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander

When I entered that world, I knew I was joining a machine that was so much bigger than me. It’s given me a huge amount and I’ve loved working with some of the best, most joyful actors in the world. Being able to come back to that every couple of years – in an industry that is nomadic and circus-like – that continuity has been wonderful.” 

Expressing his honest feelings for the franchise, Eddie Redmayne mentioned although he appreciates the opportunity, he isn’t willing to be bogged down by Fantastic Beasts. Stating how the movies are perfect in themselves, Redmayne claimed he won’t be able to learn anything or gain experience from the sequels. 

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Redmayne doesn’t want to be bogged down by Fantastic Beasts

What’s become clear to me is that comfort and I don’t go very well together. So I’m always looking for ways to push myself outside my comfort zone.” 

Thereafter, the Oscar-winning actor went ahead with his decision to focus on more intimate films like The Good Nurse. 

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