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Chastain and Redmayne on teaming up for ‘The Good Nurse’


TORONTO — Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne’s careers have been, maybe, at all times on a collision course. Their related red-haired, fair-skinned appearances have lengthy been in contrast. On 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 youngsters’s movie competition in Italy years in the past, they’ve been associates, too. Even when they’ve sometimes verged on being rivals.

“I feel we wanted ‘The Danish Lady,’ 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, ‘Cease taking my roles, (expletive).’”

“The Good Nurse,” which premiered over the weekend on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant, brings Chastain and Redmayne collectively on display screen for the primary time. It’s a deft, chilling true-life drama that revolves round the case of Charles Cullen, a nurse at East Coast hospitals who murdered not less than 29 sufferers. The movie is directed by Tobias Lindholm and tailored by screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917,” “Final Night time in Soho”) from Charles Graeber’s 2013 e book, “The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medication, Insanity and Homicide.”

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 resort forward of the movie’s premiere, their simply obvious chemistry within the movie was much more effusive in particular person.

“We play associates,” Chastain says, over-emphasizing “play.” “That was laborious.”

“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 therefore lengthy. Nnamdi Asomugha and Noah Emmerich co-star as police detectives.

“For me, the script was a posh story, a mix of this very intimate friendship, a narrative of heroism by Jessica’s character, Amy,” says Redmayne. “However in some methods, it was a questioning of a system, and the way that system labored or failed.”

“The Good Nurse” was initially arrange a number of years in the past, however Lindholm, the Danish author of a number of Thomas Vinterberg movies together with the Oscar-winning “One other Spherical” and “The Hunt,” dedicated to creating a sprawling Danish miniseries, “The Investigation,” in regards to the demise 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 an especially caring and loving vitality. The three of us could 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 give the impression of being alike. They’ve the identical humor. They’ve the identical vitality. And but they’re so completely different.”

For Chastain, 45, and Redmayne, 40, making “The Good Nurse” got here with some trepidation. Working with associates, they notice, can imply seeing a distinct facet of somebody. Redmayne’s character, too, is a deeply broken one that places up a mild and heat facade. Redmayne’s barely hangdog physicality in “The Good Nurse” is completely different than something he’s carried out.

“I respect that he doesn’t must torture different individuals round him to imagine his efficiency,” says Chastain, who provides she respects any actor’s course of. “I’d be speaking to Eddie simply as simply as this, after which ‘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 received greatest 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 received greatest actor for his Stephen Hawking in 2014’s “The Idea of The whole lot.”

“I’ve to say after I noticed the trailer of our movie and it was like each of us had it, I used to be like, ‘Sure,’” says Chastain.

“That’s nearly the perfect feeling,” Redmayne responds. “Since you don’t actually imagine 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.

“However now,” she says, laughing, “I’ll maintain your Oscar and you may maintain mine.”

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