Wade: The good nurse‘s Jessica Chastain on the real crime mania
The dramatized story of one of America’s most prolific serial killers, The good nurse is released at a time when real crime seems to be at the top of everyone’s list. And movie star Jessica Chastain shared her thoughts on why our appetite shows no signs of stopping.
In The good nurse, Chastain plays real-life nurse, Amy Loughren, who is pushed to her limits by the night shifts in the ICU. Help comes when new caring colleague Charlie Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) starts working at the hospital and the two develop a strong friendship. But when a number of patients die under mysterious circumstances, an investigation points to Cullen as the prime suspect and Amy is forced to risk her life to find out the truth.
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Speaking exclusively to Yahoo Movies, the Oscar-winning actress pondered why true crime stories, like the one in her film, captured our imaginations. “She makes us feel part of something greater than who we are,” she said. “Many times, when you hear about something happening, there is often a neighbor who says’ I can’t believe it. They were the nicest person in the world, a good father ‘etc. ‘They were the last person you would expect.’ And, when you hear that phrase, you wonder if this is something I’m capable of, and I find it really interesting.
“I think we are all capable of anything if we are put in complicated situations and it is our responsibility to take care of each other and see everyone as human. It’s easy to say ‘that person is a monster, that’s why it happened’ ”.
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In the film, as in real life, Chastain’s character becomes close friends with Cullen, only to discover the horrifying reality of his actions in the hospital. Eddie Redmayne, who plays the serial killer, thinks the balance of good and evil in the story is a vital part of his charm. “What was extraordinary for me is that, on the one hand, the story was based on a man doing horrible things. But in reality it was also the story of the journey of a hero, the woman who was able to stop him from doing these things by facing violence with compassion and empathy rather than violence ”.
The film’s director, Tobias Lindholm, has previously directed episodes of the hugely successful Mindhunter, but has a different view of the real crime, believing it has always been a source of fascination. “In my mind, human life is divided into two parts: what we hope for and what we fear and they exist only for each other. Darkness is clearly what we fear, but it keeps us going every day. We are afraid that our children will not eat. We hope to be able to provide them with the life they dream of. And so we live. We must also tell stories from the dark. “
When Charles Cullen was arrested, he told police he had killed at least 40 patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He was eventually convicted of the murder of 29 people, although the death toll is believed to have risen to hundreds. He is currently serving multiple life sentences and will never be released.
The good nurse is based on the book of the same name by Charles Graeber and the cast also includes Noah Emmerich, Nnamdi Asomugha and Kim Dickens.
The good nurse is released on Netflix on Wednesday, October 26th. Watch a trailer below.