FLYING COLOURS: Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman in a scene from the movie Eddie The Eagle.
FLYING COLOURS: Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman in a scene from the movie Eddie The Eagle. Larry Horricks

Movie preview: Eddie the Eagle a loveable underdog

EDDIE The Eagle tells the story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman and Tom Costello, this film is a homage to Edwards who, with the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach played by Hugh Jackman, takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie. This film is a British (and Aussie) granny-melting flick about (you guessed it) a loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

This granny-melter is also getting glowing reviews.

Prior to joining the British team as a ski racer, Eddie was a ski instructor at an Italian resort. In an interview with The Guardian he claimed he had plenty of practice jumping across pistes often "jumping at least 40 metres, possibly even 50".

Despite the high danger of facing the ire of Eddie's fan club of melted grannies, we must say that on June 6, 2015, the real-life Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards told BBC News that the movie will be 90% made up.

"I've been warned only 10 to 15% of it is based on my life," he said.

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards failed to qualify for the 1994 and 1998 Olympics because the committee raised the qualification standards. The committee called the new qualifications the 'Eddie The Eagle Rule'.

Eddie the Eagle is out now.



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