Q&A: Kathryn Bigelow 

I would have shot in Iraq if it had been possible. That’s kind of a joke, but we did get close, at times five kilometers from the border. Architecturally, Jordan is a very good match for war-torn Baghdad. Plus, the military equipment was available. A bonus I had not anticipated was the one million Iraqi refugees in Amman, a contingent of whom were actors. All of our extras were Iraqi actors. Two of them told me they had been prisoners of the Americans in Iraq, and now they were playing prisoners in the film. It was surreal — and a little uncomfortable — but they laughed and said they were happy to have the work.

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