film: zero dark thirty

The media and blogosphere indulged in a great deal of speculation and rumour during the top-secret filming of “Zero Dark Thirty,” but Jessica Chastain said that none of it bothered her except for one spectacularly off-base pronouncement:

“They were saying that Joel Edgerton was the lead in the movie and that I was his wife because, of course, Jessica must be the wife. Every time I read that, I wanted to punch somebody.”

“Powerful women on screen are generally written up in two ways: manly and tough, or sexy female spy who uses her feminine wiles to get what she wants. Maya is neither: she’s a woman who uses her brain.” 

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Shortly after he finished filming on the opulent set of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby,’ Joel headed off to the Jordanian desert to begin training for 'Zero Dark Thirty.'  With a heavy dose of mock horror, he said that it was quite a shock to his delicate system:

“An experience like ‘Gatsby’ really spoils you because you are treated like a king. You’re given a big trailer, someone brings fresh flowers to your trailer, there are dates and walnuts and coconut water in your fridge … really living large.“

Then, when he suddenly found himself roughing it in the torrid desert, “sharing a cubicle with five other guys, half of them military, and carrying 50-60 kilos of equipment … It was like, 'Baz!  Come and save me!’  You get a reality check."