Movie Magician Eddie Redmayne Performs Trick With Benedict Cumberbatch on ‘Graham Norton’
Eddie Redmayne has lived up to his new big screen role as a wizard by performing a magic trick with Benedict Cumberbatch on TV. The Oscar-winning actor was on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night alongside Doctor Strange star Cumberbatch and Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston, when he was quizzed about his love for magic.
The 34-year-old appears as writer Newt Scamander in new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s latest installment in her wizarding world saga. Referencing his new magical role, host Norton asked Redmayne if he was a member of the mysterious Magic Circle, a British organization dedicated to promoting magic. Nearly spitting out his water with laughter, the star confessed he was not a member, but had been a huge fan of the late magician Paul Daniels when he was younger. “I loved the late Paul Daniels. He was an amazing magician who would be on telly every Saturday night. I was obsessed with him,” Redmayne said. Goaded by Norton into performing a magic trick, he roped in fellow guest Cranston, getting him to blow on a coloring book that then magically filled with images. Turning to Cumberbatch, Redmayne eagerly exclaimed, “This is my moment to be on television doing magic! Ben, are you ready?” “I’m ready,” Cumberbatch cheerfully agreed, before blowing on the coloring book. However, the trick didn’t work, leading Redmayne to pull out a wand prop. Cumberbatch then channeled his superhero talents as Doctor Strange and tapped the book with the wand, filling Redmayne’s magic book with colorful images. “I spent months learning to do that!” he exclaimed. “Months!” “Burn them! Burn them!” host Norton joked. Marvel’s Doctor Strange is in cinemas now, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to be released on November 18.
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