Monday, January 14, 2013

Jessica Chastain - Movie

Jessica Chastain - Movie

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

Jessica Chastain

Recreates The Biggest Man Hunt In History!

Photos Courtesy Sony/Columbia Pictures

     The hunt for Osama bin Laden stretched for more than a decade between two Presidential administrations and came to a bloody and deadly conclusion when a small band of CIA operatives tracked him to a fortified, 38,000 square foot compound, tucked into a well-to-do suburban area of Abbottabad, Pakistan, just 100 miles from the Afghanistan border and less than a mile from the Pakistani Military academy. After verifying bin Laden’s presence, the CIA deployed a special squad of U.S. Navy Seals to take him and a few of his cronies and guards out via a top secret operation titled “Zero Dark Thirty” which is military jargon for the dark of night, as well as the moment 12:30 a.m., when the Seals first stepped foot on the compound.

Kathryn Bigelow (Director) Mark Boal (writer)
     “Zero Dark Thirty” is the project child of the Oscar®-winning duo of director Kathryn Bigelow and writer/producer Mark Boal who brought us “The Hurt Locker.” The film’s story is told through the eyes of a little-known participant in the intel hunt: Maya, a young CIA officer and targeter whose job is finding terrorist. This character was based on the real life female CIA operative that led the bin Laden manhunt. 

Jessica Chastain as CIA Agent Maya
     Maya is played by Academy Award®-nominated actress Jessica Chastain. Since this is a military story based on actual events, how did Chastain prepare for this role? She reflects, “I had three months before we started shooting that I went to school for it I guess. I nick named Mark (the film’s writer/producer) the professor. I would sit with him and go through the screenplay and ask a lot of questions about the character I was playing, about the CIA. 

     I did some reading. Two books I found particularly helpful were “The Leaning Towers” and Michael Shure’s book on Osama bin Laden. But I was never able to meet the real woman face to face because she’s and undercover agent.  I had to use my imagination to fill in the blanks where the research couldn’t answer the questions.”

    Did Chastain have an opinion about the fact that the search for bin Laden was led by a female? She smiles, “I’m very excited that people are now seeing this film and they realize that it is not a propaganda film. It doesn’t have an agenda. It just tries to show this woman in history as effortlessly as possible. In regard to the difficult scenes that these people found themselves in, I just put so much compassion in for this woman who really sacrificed so much for this mission. In our film, she becomes a stranger to herself at the end. I just loved her from the moment I read her from what Mark created from the dry facts, this greatest manhunt in history and what he was able to do with the dry facts to create this amazing arc and put the light on the people who worked so hard that never get the acknowledgment for that. So I have an enormous amount of compassion for it.”

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