Jessica Chastain and Eddie team up for ‘The Good Nurse’
Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne’s careers were, perhaps, always on a collision course. Their similar red-haired, fair-skinned appearances have long been compared. At the 2017 Golden Globes when they presented together, host Jimmy Fallon introduced them by rapping “Chastain and the Redmayne” to the beat of Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Membrane.”
Since meeting at a children’s film festival in Italy years ago, they’ve been friends, too. Even if they’ve occasionally verged on being rivals. “I think we needed ‘The Danish Girl,’ because everyone always talks about how we look alike,” Chastain says. “I took a picture of him in costume in character and I emailed Eddie and I said, ‘Stop taking my roles, (expletive).’”
“The Good Nurse,” which premiered over the weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival, brings Chastain and Redmayne together on screen for the first time. It’s a det, chilling true-life drama that revolves around the case of Charles Cullen, a nurse at East Coast hospitals who murdered at least 29 patients. The film, which Neflix will release in theatres on Oct. 19 and stream on Oct. 26, deals with not just with a stealthy serial killer but the forprofit health care system that allowed him to go undetected for so long. Nnamdi Asomugha and Noah Emmerich co-star as police detectives. “For me, the script was a complex story, a mixture of this very intimate friendship, a story of heroism by jessica’s character, Amy,” says Redmayne. “But in some ways, it was a questioning of a system, and how that system worked or failed.”
“The Good Nurse” was initially set up several years ago, but Lindholm, the Danish writer of several
For Chastain, 45, and Redmayne, 40, making ‘The Good Nurse’ came with some trepidation. Working with friends, they note, can mean seeing a different side of someone
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“We had so many conversations before we even started. So we knew what we wanted with the film, and we were looking forward to it,” Lindholm says. “We came in with an extremely caring and loving energy. The three of us would be the core. My idea was that the three of us would create this film together.”
“They’re a dream, the two of them,” he adds. “They look alike. They have the same humor. They have the same energy. And yet they’re so different.”
For Chastain, 45, and Redmayne, 40, making “The Good Nurse” came with some trepidation. Working with friends, they note, can mean seeing a different side of someone. Redmayne’s character, too, is a deeply damaged person who puts up a gentle and warm facade. Redmayne’s slightly hangdog physicality in “The Good Nurse” is different than anything he’s done. “I respect that he doesn’t need to torture other people around him to believe his performance,” says Chastain, who adds she respects any actor’s process. “I’d be talking to Eddie just as easily as this, and then ‘We gota roll,’ and here comes Charlie.