Even Oscar winners need coaching from time to time.
Eddie Redmayne, who won the Best Actor in a Leading Role trophy for his performance in “Theory of Everything,” joined Jennifer Aniston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita N’Yongo and Mila Kunis in Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscars late-night show segment, “The Kimmel School of Perfect Acting.”
In the pre-taped sketch, Kimmel’s students heap praise upon his methods, while also being incredibly fearful of of perfectionist acting coach character, Jim Kimmel.
“Every moment you are not acting is a moment that you are dying,” Kimmel said before forcing Redmayne to perform in front of the class. Although the thespian is British, his accent was not up to Kimmel’s high standards.
Fellow Best Actor winner Jeff Bridges also appeared to endorse Kimmel’s school. The “Crazy Heart” and “Big Lebowski” star noted that Kimmel’s methods may be controversial, “but when someone lights your script on fire and duct tapes it to your hands, you’re going to find a way to say your lines.”
Kristen Bell seemed to get the worst of it. In an exercise to help actors fight back against critics, Kimmel had Bell read her lines while hurling invective at her.
“I saw ‘Frozen’ last night. It was s–t,” Kimmel said.
Oscar nominee Gary Oldman seemed to be the head of the class. After Kimmel told the “Dark Knight” star that he could not act his way out of a paper bag, Oldman did just that, and recited Shakespeare along the way.
“I stand corrected,” Kimmel said.