"It's like Calgary all over again" - Eddie the Eagle leaps back into the spotlight

'It's like Calgary all over again' - Eddie the Eagle on being in the spotlight

Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards (centre), with the film's stars Hugh Jackman (left) and Taron Egerton

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Michael Edwards, more commonly known as Eddie the Eagle, joined the Two Mikes in the studio on Wednesday and revealed that he is jumping for joy at being back in the limelight thanks to the hit Dexter Fletcher-directed movie about his life, starring Taron Egerton and Hollywood royalty Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken. 

Feel-good comedy Eddie the Eagle is being released on DVD on Monday. It tells the true story of how the little-known Edwards became a national hero after representing Great Britain at ski jumping in the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada. 

"I was an athlete, an alpine ski racer," Edwards told The Two Mikes.

"I was in America racing, ran out of money and looked for something cheaper to do [which turned out to be ski jumping].

"[The film has meant] it's like Calgary all over again, but 1000 times bigger because of social media. 

"I didn't go out to become famous, I was just trying to do the best I could with what I had.

"I'm just enjoying what's happening at the moment, I'm very busy travelling all over the world."

Listen to the full interview to find out more