Based on the story of Eddie Edwards, EDDIE THE EAGLE was well-received coming out of Sundance earlier this year. In Toronto tonight was Director/Actor Dexter Fletcher to grace the Scotiabank Theatre Red Carpet. Fletcher, who has starred in many classics like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Bugsy Malone, The Long Good Friday and The Elephant Man, stepped-up to the challenge of carrying the Premiere on his own after stars Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman were held-up in New York due to unforeseen delays. The stars are expected to be in the City tomorrow still for their Press Tour.
The uplifting Biographical Comedy follows Edwards’ challenges after becoming the first ever ski jumper to compete at the Olympics. Even without sponsorship or funding, he found himself competing against the world’s best for Great Britain at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and despite under-performing he went on to achieve great fame for his inspiring story of perseverance and “heroic failure”. Edwards is played by Kingsman: The Secret Service‘s Egerton and imaginary mentor Bronson Peary is brought to life by Hugh Jackman.
Arriving a little after 8:30 and speaking to local outlets like Virgin 99.9, CTV, Space and Entertainment Tonight Canada, Fletcher had nothing but praise for Egerton and Jackman – their natural chemistry very apparent as friends on-camera. He stated that this made his job much easier, making him responsible simply for capturing that. He also feels that an uplifting story like Eddie The Eagle is needed when we we are inundated with so many heavy stories on the daily.