Well, I knew all about Eddie. Matthew [Vaughn], who I know already through X-Men: First Class, he got me the script and I instantly pricked up my ears.
Totally! It’s sport at such a high level of results and achievements – so finely tuned. This kid who took his first jump two years before and decided he wanted to go to the Olympics, got through on a loophole and he did it, and it was fantastic.
I am just so impressed and proud and really blown away by what Taron is doing. It’s a really difficult thing to play somebody, and he’s not going for a straight-out imitation.
I was itching to do it, but it was tough to get away with it! No, I didn’t do the jumps, but actually I had to do a little skiing because my character does jump. We just wanted to get the stop of him coming in.
Ski-jumping? We did honestly talk about it. I think I would do the 15m. I’d give that a go. That’s about the height of this soundstage, so it’d still be kind of nerve-wracking.