Eddie and Jamie did a virtual chat and Variety has given us a bit of their interview.
Jamie Dornan (“Wild Mountain Thyme”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”) sat down for a virtual chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, presented by Amazon Studios.
Jamie Dornan and Eddie Redmayne began their time in Hollywood as roommates: Reunited on a video chat a decade later, they reflect on driving their tiny red rental car around Los Angeles, only to be rejected at auditions over and over.
It’s notable that both actors find themselves juggling art-house fare and franchise work, making them two of the most recognizable leading men of their generation. In Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix), Redmayne plays antiwar activist Tom Hayden as he faces federal charges for protesting at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. And in John Patrick Shanley’s “Wild Mountain Thyme,” distributed by Bleecker Street, Dornan portrays Anthony, an Irish Mr. Darcy who can’t figure out his feelings for his neighbor (Emily Blunt).
Jamie Dornan: Let’s start by talking about “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and your portrayal of Thomas Hayden. I have to start by saying I didn’t know a lot about that trial. You are brilliant in it, as you are in everything. How was your experience making that movie?
Eddie Redmayne: Thanks for being kind about it. I think you know that Aaron Sorkin has always been someone that I’ve sort of loved, and whose work I’ve been kind of mildly obsessed with. So it was genuinely one of those moments when the script arrived that it sort of felt too good to be true. And I kind of said yes before reading the thing.
There was actually that slight hesitation, when you really love someone’s work, and you can’t quite believe that they’ve invited you to the party. And then there’s the fear of: What if it’s the one shoddy one they do? Because I’ve done that; I’ve worked with brilliant actors who never do bad films, except for the film I do with them. But it was brilliant, and a really riveting read.
Dornan: Let’s take ourselves back about 10 years ago. “The West Wing” was the only television show you’d ever watched in your life. And you were just obsessed with it.
Redmayne: Yeah, yeah.
Dornan: So much of the movie reminded me of the courtroom dramas that were such a part of our viewing experience in the ’90s: “A Few Good Men” is the most quotable one. To be in one of those table-slamming courtroom dramas is so exciting though.
Redmayne: Oh, I did actually slam the table. I even slammed the door at one point.
Dornan: You did?
Redmayne: That was quite satisfying. Mark Rylance got the mother of all slams, and that was genuinely terrifying each time.
Before I worked with Aaron, I read all the stuff. I remember listening to a podcast with Jessica Chastain [about how precise Sorkin is]. The specificity is huge. And I wondered how you found it with John Patrick Shanley. Had you read the play? Did you guys shift anything in the adaptation?
I am so excited for this season of Actors on Actors which will feature Eddie with his friend Jamie Dornan.
Variety and PBS SoCal announced today the actor lineup and schedule for the thirteenth season of their three-time EMMY® award-winning series Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.
The new season was filmed entirely from the actors’ homes and includes exclusive one-on-one conversations between top acting talent from potential contending movies in this year’s Academy Awards race. The episodes will premiere on PBS SoCal on Friday, March 5 at 8:00 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:00 pm and 9:30 pm. All episodes will stream on pbssocal.org and on the free PBS Video app following their premieres.
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors won a Daytime Emmy® award in 2019 and Los Angeles Area EMMY® awards for best entertainment programming in 2015 and 2016. The series was produced by PBS SoCal in partnership with Variety Media, LLC.
Variety’s Actors on Actors issue will hit newsstands on Jan. 20 with clips appearing on Variety.com starting Jan. 19. All Variety.com Actors on Actors videos will be presented by Amazon Studios.
This season’s featured conversations are:
Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”) with Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”)
Ben Affleck (“The Way Back”) with Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
George Clooney (“The Midnight Sky”) with Michelle Pfeiffer (“French Exit”)
Tom Holland (“Cherry”) with Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)
Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) with Leslie Odom Jr. (“One Night in Miami”)
Jamie Dornan (“Wild Mountain Thyme”) with Eddie Redmayne (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”) with Pete Davidson (“The King of Staten Island”)
Jared Leto (“The Little Things”) with John David Washington (“Malcolm & Marie”)
Zendaya (“Malcolm & Marie”) with Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”)
Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) with Steven Yeun (“Minari”)
Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”) with Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”)
“Given the previous success of ‘Actors on Actors,’ Variety is once again excited to bring the 2021 version directly from the safety of the homes of this awards season’s outstanding contenders,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, President and Group Publisher of Variety. “Along with our good partner PBS SoCal, Variety’s three-time Emmy award-winning series allows our audience to view intimate one-on-one conversations with the biggest stars in the film industry.”
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors will air on PBS stations across the nation starting in March, and on the WORLD Channel (check local listings).
The Hollywood Insider did an article about Eddie and his journey as an actor.
Offline life and my role as a parent has taken over the past few weeks and so I need to take a moment and wish Eddie a happy belated birthday!
The fan’s Annual Birthday Fundraiser is still going on. The goal is to raise $1000.00 towards the Motor Neurone Disease Association in his honor. This is an organization that is important to Eddie and we want to honor him by supporting the work by helping raise awareness. Go here to send even a small donation in his behalf!
Eddie’s birthday is Jan. 6, and we’re honoring him with this yearly fundraiser where fans can donate to the Motor Neurone Disease Association of the UK in his name. Donations go to important research and to supporting caregivers and families affected by this cruel disease.
Eddie won every major film acting award — including the Oscar — for “The Theory of Everything” and his vivid portrayal of Stephen Hawking, who defied science to live with the deadly disease for more than a half-century. Eddie’s intensely personal research into the effects of MND/ALS on its sufferers and their families led him to become a Patron of the Association.
Tonight is the Gotham Awards and the cast of The Trial of the Chicago 7 will receive the inaugural Ensemble Tribute.
Like all awards shows, the Gotham Awards adjusted the logistics of the ceremony due to the pandemic. Even though it will be presented from its long-time home at the Cipriani, the ceremony will be hostless and will not have in-person attendance. Instead, audience members will be at virtual tables and be able to partake in the event through a digital lens.
This year, Kelly Reichardt’s A24 period drama First Cow leads with four nominations including Best Feature, Best Screenplay as well as Best Actor for John Magaro and Best Breakthrough Actor for Orion Lee.
In addition, the Gotham Awards will honor the late Chadwick Boseman with a posthumous Actor Tribute and Viola Davis with an Actress Tribute. Steve McQueen will receive a Director’s Tribute while Ryan Murphy is set to be honored with an Industry Tribute. The Gotham Awards will also introduce the inaugural Ensemble Tribute which will be given to the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Read the full list of nominations and winners below.
The cast of The Trial of the Chicago 7: Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Alex Sharp, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Caitlin Fitzgerald, Alice Kremelberg, and Ben Shenkman.
Thank you Deadline for the article.
More caps! This time from The Trial of the Chicago 7. If you haven’t seen this film yet, you need to watch it on Netflix. It truly is a powerful tool.
The Institute of Cancer Research shares Carols from Chelsea which Eddie recently participated in. His part starts around 9:25 with a reading of “A New Nativity”.
We are delighted to bring you a special virtual concert to mark our eighteenth ‘Carols from Chelsea’. Featuring carols and music directed by Will Vann, as well as Christmas readings from actor Eddie Redmayne and In-Pensioner Dewi Treharne, it is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season.
We hope you enjoy watching this year’s special ‘Carols from Chelsea’ from the comfort of your home. You will also hear from our CEO, Professor Paul Workman, as well as a message of hope from one of the many families who have been so tragically affected by cancer.
Please consider making a donation this Christmas to help our scientists in making the discoveries that defeat cancer. With your support, we can continue to improve the lives and outcomes for patients and their families.
The newest addition to the gallery is captures from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald. This is probably one of my favorite of Eddie’s characters. There are little nuances to Eddie’s performance of Newt that just makes me love him.
I am a bit behind in adding these but here are some of the beautiful outtakes taken from the recent feature done on Eddie in Esquire Spain.
– Eddie Redmayne Web > Outtakes > 2020 > 004
Variety made their predictions for this years Oscar nominees in all of the main categories … Eddie’s film The Trial of the Chicago 7 is mentioned in the category for Best Pictures.
2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:BEST PICTURE
The streaming bias was definitely a factor when Netflix came up short for “Roma” but this year there could be a strong presence for all the streaming platforms including Amazon Studios. Can “Nomadland” from Searchlight Pictures sustain from a journey that began in August?
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Chloé Zhao (producers)
David Fincher, Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth, Douglas Urbanski (producers)
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
Stuart M. Besser, Matt Jackson, Marc Platt, Tyler Thompson (producers)
Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Christina Oh (producers)
“One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein (producers)
“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Philippe Carcassonne, Simon Friend, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt, Christophe Spadone (producers)
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf (producers)
“Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Beatriz Levin, Lloyd Levin (producers)
“The Prom” (Netflix)
Adam Anders, Dori Berinstein, Chad Beguelin, Bill Damaschke, Bob Martin, Ryan Murphy, Scott Robertson, Matthew Sklar, Alexis Martin Woodall (producers)
“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)†
Charles D. King, Ryan Coogler, Shaka King (producers)