Stephen Hawking's ex-wife criticizes 'irritating'

Stephen Hawking’s ex-wife criticizes ‘irritating’

Stephen Hawking’s ex-wife criticizes ‘irritating’

Stephen Hawking’s ex-wife criticizes ‘irritating’ errors in ‘The Theory of Everything, Jane Wilde assures that there are many facts in the biopic that were altered and others that were overlooked, which in her opinion perpetuates fiction over reality.

Three years after its premiere in Spain, The Theory of Everything is receiving criticism from one of its direct protagonists.

Jane Wilde Hawking, the wife of 30 years to British scientist Stephen Hawking. In a full promotional tour of his second novel Of her Cry to Dream Again (Cry dream again),

Wilde has taken a few minutes at the Henley Literary Festival to clarify some aspects of the award-winning film. 

According to an article published in the British newspaper The Daily Mail, the 74-year-old writer considers that there are many facts in the biographical film that were altered and many others that were overlooked, which,

in her opinion, perpetuates a fiction. about reality. 

“Sabía que si había errores en la película, serían inmortalizados, y así fue”, señala la escritora británica. “Me pareció muy irritante y no quería que sucediera.

Nunca creas lo que ves en las películas”, añade. La película lanzada en 2014 y protagonizada por Eddie Redmayne y Felicity Jones, estuvo basada en el libro de memorias Traveling to Infinity (Viajando al infinito), escrita en 2007 por Wilde.

La cinta rastrea la vida de la pareja desde que se conocieron en 1962 hasta su divorcio en 1995.

The most annoying aspects for the ex-wife of the scientist are two: the way in which they met and the wear and tear produced by the countless trips they made for Hawking’s work. 

Regarding the first, the film represents the first meeting at a party at the University of Cambridge. It is seen how the writer arrives at the meeting with a friend and sees the physicist talking to a group of friends. 

“Who is he?” asks an approximately 18-year-old Wilde to her companion, while across the room a friend of Hawking’s whispers in her ear that she is Jane Wilde, to her obvious interest. Minutes later the scientist approaches the young woman and thus begins the love story. 

De acuerdo a la británica, el encuentro fue muy diferente en la realidad. “Yo no era estudiante en Cambridge cuando Stephen y yo nos conocimos.

Nos conocimos en nuestra ciudad natal, en St. Albans, cuando yo acababa de terminar el colegio y Stephen comenzaba su doctorado en Cambridge”, aclara.

Regarding the latter, the ex-wife thinks that it is not possible to tell well how exhausting it really was to fly around the world to attend scientific conferences with someone who needed special care. 

“The film only shows a part of our lives, the one in Cambridge. Our numerous trips abroad were completely ignored.

For example, our honeymoon was spent at a physics conference at Cornell University in New York,” also tells the educator. 

“I’m sorry that none of these extensive trips, with all the organization it requires, packing for a family with a severely disabled member, transporting them, driving them, as well as the usual day-to-day care, really make it into The Theory of Everything,” he says.

Pero lo que más molesta a Wilde no es el hecho de que se pasasen por alto los detalles, sino que los productores no hubieran escuchado sus recomendaciones.

“Pedí una versión en la que simplemente se pudiera ver el coche con todas las maletas, los pasajeros y la silla de ruedas para que ese aspecto de nuestras vidas estuviese representado, pero me dijeron que esto no era posible debido a las limitaciones de tiempo”, afirma. 

A su vez, la educadora también lamentó que el papel de sus padres fuera tan escaso en la película, cuando en la vida real fueron de mucha ayuda para la pareja.

“Esto fue especialmente triste ya que el estreno tuvo lugar en el que habría sido el cumpleaños número 100 de mi padre”, agrega.

Pero no todo está perdido para la exesposa del físico ya que, a pesar de los detalles erróneos, considera que la película es “muy fiel a la vida real” en el aspecto emocional.

Además, la escritora asegura que su exmarido, quien murió en marzo de este año, estaba contento con el filme, aunque le hubiera gustado que se enfocara más en la ciencia.

Stephen and Jane Hawking married in 1965 and had three children: Robert (51 years old), Lucy (48 years old), and Timothy (39 years old). 

Shortly after entering Cambridge University, Hawking began to develop symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that would accompany him until the day of his death at age 76. 

“Stephen was given two years to live in 1963 and he battled that miserable disease until this year,” says Wilde. 

“It was as if a giant had been brought down when we thought he was immortal. I think that’s what we all felt,” he concludes. 

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