Edwards shot to overnight fame when he became the lovable loser
Eddie the Eagle, at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988.
amateur performance turned him into an instant celebrity despite
being placed last and executing one of the worst jumps in the history
of the winter Games.
only two seasons of jumping under his belt, Cheltenham-born Eddie
had more experience in the construction trades than in ski jumping.
I went from being a plasterer earning
five grand a year to a celebrity earning something like £10,000
an hour - it was brilliant.
he was the first man ever to represent Britain in an Olympic jumping
combination of courage and mediocrity won him a gold medal in the
hearts of the crowd and the former plasterer with his trademark
specs and broad grin was soon reaping the benefits of being a lovable
to Eddie: "I went from being a plasterer earning five grand
a year to a celebrity earning something like £10,000 an hour
- it was brilliant."
Eddie is no longer an Olympian. But the man who is hoping to start
a new career as a legal eagle may soon be heading for the limelight
2002 Eddie sold the rights to his life story to Los Angeles-based
Saville Productions. They now own the exclusive film and television
rights to his story.
loser Eddie the Eagle.
said: "Yes, it's true, they're making a movie about my life
- probably the last major project I'll be doing as Eddie the Eagle."
Robert Maconick is developing the script, and hopes to start filming
the movie in Europe early next year.
screenplay will be written by Simon Kelton, a British former ski
journalist but no director is attached to the project as yet.
is hoped the film will be in the same vein as Cool Runnings, a hit
movie based on the Jamaican bobsled team who were determined to
make it to the Olympics and convince the world that their attempt
was genuine, and not a potential embarrassment.
hopes the film will be a Full Monty style comedy about a plucky
said: "I hope the film will show that for me getting to the
Olympics was the greatest thing. That was my gold medal - even though
I came last."