Eddie The Eagle Bio
Eddie the Eagle is an English ski-jumper who is portrayed by Taron Egerton in the biographical film “Eddie the Eagle”. In 1988, he became the first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. He is also known as Michael Edwards and was born on 5 December 1963, Cheltenham, England, Europe.
He finished last in the 70 m and 90 m events while representing Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. This and many other achievements made him the British ski jumping record holder, ninth in amateur speed skiing, and a stunt jumping world record holder for jumping over 6 buses.
Eddie started as a downhill skier but later decided to switch to ski jumping. Edwards began jumping under the eye of John Viscome and Chuck Berghorn in Lake Placid, New York, using Berghorn’s equipment, although he had to wear six pairs of socks to make the boots fit.
He was disadvantaged by his weight—at about 82 kg, more than 9 kg heavier than the next heaviest competitor—and by his lack of financial support for training, being totally self-funded. Another problem was that he was very farsighted, wearing thick glasses under his goggles, which would mist up at altitude.
Edwards was informed of his qualification for the games while working as a plasterer and residing temporarily in a Finnish mental hospital due to lack of funds for alternative accommodation. He first represented Great Britain at the 1987 World Championships in Oberstdorf in Bavaria, West Germany and was ranked 55th in the world. This performance qualified him as the sole British applicant for the 1988 Winter Olympics ski jumping competition.
Edwards was one of the best ski jumpers in the United Kingdom, holding the British record of 73.5 meters in one of his Calgary jumps in 1988. In 1994 his record was overhauled by James Lambert.
Eddie the Eagle was born on 5 December 1963. Therefore, as of December 2019, he will be turning 56 years old. Currently, he is aged 55.
Eddie The Eagle Movie
Eddie The Eagle is a 2016 biographical sports comedy-drama film directed by Dexter Fletcher. The film stars Taron Egerton as Eddie the Eagle, a British skier who in 1988 became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping since 1928.
Other stars in the film are Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Iris Berben, and Jim Broadbent. The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on 26 January 2016. It was released by 20th Century Fox in Canada and the U.S on 27 February 2016 and by Lionsgate in the UK on 28 March 2016. In 2017, it was nominated for the Empire Award for Best British Film.
The film received funds of €2.2 million, from the German Federal Film Fund. In March 2015, it was announced 20th Century Fox would distribute the film in the United States of America. On April 2016, it was announced that Lionsgate had acquired UK distribution rights to the film, with a spring 2016 release planned. Eventually, Lionsgate set a release date for the film for 28 March 2016.
The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as a “Surprise Screening” on 26 January 2016 and on 17 March 2016, the subsequent London premiere took place.
The soundtrack featured in the film is called Fly, curated by Gary Barlow and released on 18 March 2016. It features new songs by Tony Hadley, Marc Almond, Holly Johnson, Paul Young, Kim Wilde, Andy Bell, Midge Ure, Nik Kershaw, ABC, Deacon Blue, Van Halen, Go West, Howard Jones, OMD and Heaven 17.
Eddie The Eagle grossed a worldwide total of $46.1 million. In the UK, it fetched $12.8m making it the highest grossing British film released in the UK in 2016. The ski jumper told The Mirror, ‘I never thought in a million years that there would be a movie about me 28 years later. ‘It’s incredible.’
The full movie is available online on some platforms like F Movies. Check out its trailer below.
Eddie The Eagle Wife
Eddie met his wife Samantha Morton while working as a part-time radio presenter and studying for a law degree. She was his co-presenter. They married in Las Vegas in 2003, in a drive-through ceremony at the Little White Wedding Chapel. The couple has two daughters, Otillie and Honey May.
In March 2016, the former Olympic ski jumper Eddie the Eagle revealed that he had divorced his wife of 13 years. Samantha dropped a bombshell when she returned home from a TV interview in Germany, saying she wanted to leave him. What followed that has been the hardest period of Edwards’ life.
He told The Sun, ‘It’s been the worst two years of my life. The darkest, definitely. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody. But s**t happens. You’ve got to think life can give you some bad knocks, no matter how hard you’re knocked you’ve got to get up. We are still relatively close and I see the kids as much as I can.
According to The Sun, Eddie said he lost 85 percent of his cash in the split with Samantha Morton. It includes the £180,000 he got for the hit movie about his life. Eddie, 52, said he was surviving on egg sandwiches while earning extra cash as a plasterer.
He revealed: “I moved into the shed in my garden while developing my new house. I’ve lived off sandwiches ever since as I don’t have a kitchen.” Divorce lawyers told him he had to hand over the sum he got for the film rights. Eddie declared bankrupt in 1992 and told the Sunday Times, “Because we had children, and other factors, I ended up losing 85 percent. I’m wiped out.”
Eddie The Eagle Now
In March 2019, Eddie The Eagle was confirmed as the first NextGen speaker of 2019. NextGen is an inspirational speaker series that brings famous and inspiring people from business, sport and the arts to the South West. It was launched in 2018 by Business Leader Magazine and Weston College. Albert Goodman is the headline sponsor for the event in 2019.
Eddie talked about his sporting career and ‘triumph over adversity’ at the event, which took place on May 9, 2019, at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare.
Eddie was ranked 55th in the world which qualified him as the only GB applicant for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. With the UK firmly backing the plasterer from Gloucestershire, he famously took to the slopes followed by a whirlwind of international press and media. Eddie competed in the 70m and 90m jump events but came last in both events.
Even though he did not win an Olympic medal, he did win a place in the hearts of spectators all around the globe. This was ultimately due to his lack of success, but more importantly his pure determination and ‘have a go’ attitude.
Dave Crew, who is the Head of Employer Partnerships at Weston College commented, “NextGen is all about inspiring business leaders and professionals by bringing interesting speakers to the region. Eddie The Eagle is certainly that and it’s set to be a spectacular event.”
Eddie The Eagle Cast
The following is a complete list of the cast and the roles they played in the film.
»Taron Egerton as Michael Edwards
»Tom Costello as 10-year-old Michael Edwards
»Jack Costello as 15-year-old Michael Edwards
»Hugh Jackman as Bronson Peary
»Christopher Walken as Warren Sharp
»Iris Berben as Petra
»Mark Benton as Richmond, a BOA official
»Keith Allen as Terry Edwards, Eddie’s father
»Jo Hartley as Janette Edwards, Eddie’s mother
»Ania Sowinski as Carrie
»Tim McInnerny as Dustin Target
»Edvin Endre as Matti “The Flying Finn” Nykänen
» Marc Benjamin as Lars Holbin
»Jim Broadbent as a BBC commentator
»Daniel Ings as Zach
»Rune Temte as Bjørn, a Norwegian coach
Eddie The Eagle Coach
In the Eddie the Eagle movie, Sharp is the U.S. Ski Team coach who had kicked Peary off the team for breaking the rules and being a daredevil.
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