Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne’s careers have been, maybe, at all times on a collision course. Their comparable red-haired, fair-skinned appearances have lengthy been in contrast. At the 2017 Golden Globes after they introduced collectively, host Jimmy Fallon launched them by rapping “Chastain and the Redmayne” to the beat of Cypress Hill’s “Insane within the Membrane.”
Since assembly at a kids’s movie pageant in Italy years in the past, they’ve been buddies, too. Even in the event that they’ve often verged on being rivals.
“I believe we would have liked ‘The Danish Girl,’ as a result of everybody at all times talks about how we glance alike,” Chastain says. “I took an image of him in costume in character and I emailed Eddie and I stated, ‘Stop taking my roles, (expletive).’”
“The Good Nurse,” which premiered over the weekend on the Toronto International Film Festival, brings Chastain and Redmayne collectively on display for the primary time. It’s a deft, chilling true-life drama that revolves across the case of Charles Cullen, a nurse at East Coast hospitals who murdered at the least 29 sufferers. The movie is directed by Tobias Lindholm and tailored by screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917,” “Last Night in Soho”) from Charles Graeber’s 2013 e-book, “The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder.”
Chastain performs Amy Loughren, a New Jersey single-mother nurse who befriends Cullen (Redmayne), after he’s newly employed. In an interview collectively at a Toronto lodge forward of the movie’s premiere, their simply obvious chemistry within the movie was much more effusive in particular person.
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“We play buddies,” Chastain says, over-emphasizing “play.” “That was onerous.”
“It was a pleasure,” beams Redmayne, inflicting Chastain to chortle and sigh: “He can’t even fake.”
The movie, which Netflix will launch in theaters Oct. 19 and stream Oct. 26, offers with not simply with a stealthy serial killer however the for-profit well being care system that allowed him to go undetected for so lengthy. Nnamdi Asomugha and Noah Emmerich co-star as police detectives.
“For me, the script was a fancy story, a combination of this very intimate friendship, a narrative of heroism by Jessica’s character, Amy,” says Redmayne. “But in some methods, it was a questioning of a system, and how that system labored or failed.”
“The Good Nurse” was initially set up a number of years in the past, however Lindholm, the Danish author of a number of Thomas Vinterberg movies together with the Oscar-winning “Another Round” and “The Hunt,” dedicated to creating a sprawling Danish miniseries, “The Investigation,” concerning the dying of 30-year-old Swedish journalist Kim Wall. The actors mentioned their choices and elected to attend for Lindholm.
“We had so many conversations earlier than we even began. So we knew what we needed with the movie, and we have been trying ahead to it,” Lindholm says. “We got here in with a particularly caring and loving vitality. The three of us can be the core. My thought was that the three of us would create this movie collectively.”
“They’re a dream, the 2 of them,” he provides. “They look alike. They have the identical humor. They have the identical vitality. And but they’re so totally different.”
For Chastain, 45, and Redmayne, 40, making “The Good Nurse” got here with some trepidation. Working with buddies, they word, can imply seeing a special aspect of somebody. Redmayne’s character, too, is a deeply broken one who places up a mild and heat facade. Redmayne’s barely hangdog physicality in “The Good Nurse” is totally different than something he’s carried out.
This picture launched by Netflix reveals Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain in a scene from ‘The Good Nurse’
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“I respect that he doesn’t have to torture different folks round him to consider his efficiency,” says Chastain, who provides she respects any actor’s course of. “I’d be speaking to Eddie simply as simply as this, and then ‘We gotta roll,’ and right here comes Charlie. It wasn’t like we have been having to work with Charlie. I used to be like, ‘Phew. I nonetheless such as you, thank God!’”
“The Good Nurse” is Chastain’s first movie since she gained finest actress on the Academy Awards earlier this 12 months for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” Promotions have highlighted that the 2 leads of the movie are Oscar winners; Redmayne gained finest actor for his Stephen Hawking in 2014’s “The Theory of Everything.”
“I’ve to say once I noticed the trailer of our movie and it was like each of us had it, I used to be like, ‘Yes,’” says Chastain.
“That’s virtually the most effective feeling,” Redmayne responds. “Because you don’t actually consider it when it occurs.”
Chastain had beforehand had a superstition about holding an Oscar, and as soon as refused to the touch Redmayne’s award.
“But now,” she says, laughing, “I’ll maintain your Oscar and you may maintain mine.”