The Theory of Everything tells the story of a young Stephen Hawking studying at university, where he meets and falls in love with fellow student Jane Wilde. The two refuse to give in to despair when Hawking receives a diagnosis of motor neuron disease, and their incredible love story carries them through Hawking's physical deterioration as his mental accomplishments grow ever more impressive.
Stepping into the shoes of arguably the most intelligent man living today would be a daunting task for anyone, but Redmayne seems to have done so with confidence. He and costar Felicity Jones not only bring their characters to vibrant, gut-wrenching life, but they found themselves nodding along to some of Hawking's scientific theories as well.
Chief among those theories? The notion that there is life beyond the stars. "I believe all of that!" exclaimed Redmayne. "There's such a vastness out there, there must be others."
Hawking has said that while alien life almost certainly exists, humans should be less eager to encounter it, as we need only look to U.S. history to see what happens when an invading force encounters technologically inferior peoples.
We asked Jones if she believes aliens might exist as well. "I hope so, just because it will make things more interesting," says Jones. "It's nice to think that there's another planet with other things going on and that we're not, you know, the center of the universe."
Which has us wondering... are there other celebrities out there who believe in little green men?
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter not only believed in the possibility of life on other planets, he also claimed to have seen a UFO in Georgia. Carter actually talked about the incident while campaigning, even going so far as promising to make government files on UFOs available to the public if elected. (Carter never followed through on that promise, however, much to the chagrin of alien enthusiasts.) Can you imagine a presidential candidate running on an Area 51 platform today?
OK, maybe it won't make you go "Whoa!" to find out that Keanu Reeves believes in aliens, but doesn't it just feel right to see his name on this list? The actor who has practically built his career in sci-fi has confirmed that he simply finds the universe too vast to deny the presence of little green men. We'd like to suggest he recruit a few of them and make Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure in Space.
Maybe we shouldn't be surprised that the musician who created the out-there alter ego Ziggy Stardust believes in aliens. But can we be surprised that he claims to have visited a UFO repair shop?
While doing press for Race to Witch Mountain, Johnson admitted to not only believing in aliens, but also in magic and the world of possibilities at large.
Lovato recently told Seth Meyers that she not only knows aliens exist, but that she also believes mermaids are possible. She went on to say that mermaids could be an "alien species that lives in the Indian Ocean," which explains so many... no, wait, it doesn't explain anything.
As Scientologists, it's a safe bet that this celebrity couple would admit to belief in aliens (the religion claims that alien souls attach themselves to humans), but Jada Smith took things up a notch by getting Obama involved, apparently asking the president if aliens were real. According to Jada, the president neither confirmed nor denied the existence of little green men. What is it with presidents so consistently sidestepping the issue?
Katy Perry confessed her belief in UFOs to GQ magazine in February, saying, "I see everything through a spiritual lens. I believe in a lot of astrology. I believe in aliens."
The Alien star is not only a believer, but a conspiracy theorist as well. She once told the German magazine TV Spielfilm, "We are not alone in the universe. I think there's a department in our government that is exclusively dedicated to quashing reports about aliens. And that's so unfair."
This Ghostbuster believes in ETs, but he doesn't think we've made a very good impression on them. "They don't want anything to do with us. I don't think we will ever have a formal relationship, a formal contact, with any alien species out there — especially after 9/11, when we broke our toys in the sandbox," Aykroyd said on CNN's Larry King Live. "If they were observing that, goodbye human race."
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