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Bigelow and Boal Talk 'Zero Dark Thirty' with Nightline: Controversy, Meticulous Recreation & Chastain's Character

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 27, 2012 at 1:18PM

Check out this interview by ABC's Martha Raddatz with "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, in which the two talk about the controversy surrounding classified information that arose before the film began shooting, meticulously recreating the house in Abbottobad, the amazing woman at the center...
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Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal talk "Zero Dark Thirty" with Martha Raddatz
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal talk "Zero Dark Thirty" with Martha Raddatz

Check out this interview by Nightline's Martha Raddatz with "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, in which the two talk about the controversy surrounding classified information that arose before the film began shooting, meticulously recreating the house in Abbottobad, the amazing woman at the center of the hunt for Bin Laden and more. Highlights and a segment of the interview are below.

Check out our "Zero Dark Thirty" review and Bigelow/Boal/Cast Q & A  here.

Boal on the investigation begun mid-film about the use of classified information:

"I certainly did a lot of homework, but I never asked for classified material. To my knowledge, I never received any... There were major players in the Republican party characterizing the script and the movie before I had even written it."

Bigelow on recreating the house in Abbottobad, tile by tile:

"Everything that we could find from that [ABC] video, we replicated... Frame after frame after frame, and found the tile that was identical to that, and built the house with every conceivable piece of information that we could find. We replicated it."

On the reali-life inspiration for Jessica Chastain's character:

Mark Boal: "It was a couple of months into the research when I heard about a woman, part of the team, and she has played a big role and she had gone to Jalalabad and been deployed with the SEALs on the night of the raid.”

Kathryn Bigelow: "When I realized at the heart of this hunt, at the heart of this 10-year odyssey was this woman, this young woman who had a kind of tenacity and a dedication and a courage, she would never say no, I was excited to take it on.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.