Eddie the Eagle film begins
I remember hearing about a possible Eddie "the Eagle" film ages ago, and now it finally seems to be happening with Steve Coogan set to play the British hero.
Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards was the average British man who decided one day to enter the Olympics as the first British representative for the ski jump events. Amazingly he came last in both events, but he was an amateur, untrained, and did it because he just wanted to. Within Eddie was that British spirit that is talked about so much, and despite media ridicule he captured the nation.
Of the script the British comedian and character actor Coogan said:
“His story is a very British story, and he is a very British kind of hero,...When I read the story, I found it funny but, more surprisingly, quite moving. Quirky, dysfunctional, slightly nerdy, but his balls must be made of titanium.”
That's what I remember at the time, the guy seemed crazy, and yet he also was a hero for reaching out for a seemingly impossible goal and making it real. Now you might think I've overplayed that, but listen to what he had to combat – no funding, shorter and heavier than other competitors, no training, he was far-sighted and his glasses totally steamed up during competition, and he was scared of heights.
In a move that sounds straight out of Graeme Obree's life captured in The Flying Scotsman (Filmstalker review), the governing body believed that he was making a mockery of the sport and tightened the entry requirements so that he, and other similar competitors, could not enter again. They claimed it was for safety.