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  • -Welcome back, everybody. I'm talking to Eddie Redmayne.

  • Eddie, I want to talk to you about

  • "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

  • This is a true story about a famous trial from 1969.

  • For anyone who doesn't know about this,

  • can you set up what this was?

  • -Yeah, so, basically, in 1968, a ton of people

  • descended on Chicago or came to Chicago

  • to protest the Vietnam War, at the Democratic convention there.

  • And the city had sort of been made into a military state

  • by Mayor Daley, and riots broke out

  • between the protesters and the police.

  • And the following year,

  • some of the most prominent and kind of infamous figures

  • within the protesters went on trial,

  • and they were tried by the government

  • for conspiracy and inciting violence.

  • And it was just -- It was the most extraordinary trial

  • that transfixed the nation.

  • It was theatrical, it was funny,

  • and, at the same time, it was deadly serious.

  • And it was something I didn't know anything about

  • when I was sent this script, but I found it --

  • I couldn't believe that it was a moment in history

  • that I hadn't known about.

  • And it's -- Yeah, it's --

  • And it sort of plays to all of Aaron Sorkin's genius, you know?

  • -Yeah, it is written and directed by Aaron Sorkin,

  • who I am a huge fan of.

  • We've had him on the show.

  • Is this the first time you worked with Aaron Sorkin?

  • -It is. It is. -What's he like on set?

  • Was he -- Did you bother him?

  • It's like, "Hey, tell me everything --"

  • Do you have to talk really, really fast?

  • [ Mumbling quickly ] -Do you know what?

  • It's funny you should say that, because there was a moment

  • when a wonderful British actor, Alex Sharp, and I

  • were prepping and we were rehearsing together,

  • the two of us, just a scene,

  • and it was kind of working, but we weren't making it fly.

  • And one of us sudden-- I can't remember

  • whether it was he or I -- said,

  • "How about we just walk down this really long corridor

  • incredibly quickly and say the words as quickly as we can?"

  • And without -- I mean, it's a sort of -- It's a slight joke,

  • but, actually, weirdly, the entire scene kind of came --

  • And so, in the film, there is a moment in which

  • we're walking through our part really quickly,

  • talking, like, with -- The amazing thing about

  • doing Sorkin is, he's just so much brighter than you are,

  • and his characters are so much brighter than you are

  • that you get, momentarily, to have this sort of

  • speed of thought and feel slightly more intelligent

  • than I am, which was wonderful.

  • -I want to show everyone a clip.

  • Here's Eddie Redmayne in "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

  • Take a look.

  • -Alright. My problem is that, for the next 50 years,

  • when people think of progressive politics,

  • they're going to think of you.

  • They're going to think of you and your idiot followers

  • passing out daisies to soldiers

  • and trying to levitate the Pentagon.

  • So they're not going to think of equality or justice.

  • They're not going to think of education

  • or poverty or progress.

  • They're going to think of a bunch of

  • stoned, lost, disrespectful, foul-mouthed, lawless losers.

  • And so we'll lose elections.

  • -All because of me.

  • -Yeah.

  • -And winning elections -- that's the first thing

  • on your wish list.

  • Equality, justice, education, poverty, and progress --

  • they're second?

  • -If you don't win elections, it doesn't matter what's second.

  • -Eddie Redmayne, everyone.

  • "The Trial of Chicago 7" is in select theaters now

  • and begins streaming on Netflix October 16th.

  • Eddie, I thank you so much for coming on the show.

  • You know we love you. -Thank you for having me, man.

  • Lovely to see you. -Hug the family.

  • We'll be right back with Guy Raz, everybody.

  • Stick around. ♪♪

-Welcome back, everybody. I'm talking to Eddie Redmayne.

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