Dern: “David Lynch has been a huge inspiration for me, because I started working with him at 17, and to come into the very beginning of your active life with someone who requires you to be your most authentic in a world that is completely absurd is such an amazing discipline. So I think it’s helped me try to remain honest in a very different kind of discipline, because everything is so extreme, and I have to go wherever he needs me.”
Redmayne: “With theater, if you screw it up one night, you can come and try something else the next. With film, you can’t; you only have that set amount of takes. And James Marsh, who directed ‘Theory,’ was so wonderful about emboldening you to make mistakes. We’d come up with these things, and some of them would completely fail. Normally a director will then go, ‘Okay, gotta move on; tried it.’ But he would be like, ‘Try again.’ And that’s so liberating.”
Watch Dern and Redmayne’s conversation here.