‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Set Based On ABC Report

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By Alex Weprin Comment

On last night’s “Nightline,” the producers of the new movie Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were interviewed by Martha Raddatz. The film is a fictionalization of the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. Among the revelations: the producers used footage from an ABC News report to reconstruct a full-size version of Bin Laden’s compound in exacting detail.

Kathryn Bigelow: That’s the compound we built. 

Raddatz: The floor, the tile, the carpet. Mark said you took that…

Bigelow: From your footage

Raddatz: From the original ABC video

Bigelow: Yes.  Yes. The bed all of that. The rug. Everything we could find from that video we replicated. 

Raddatz: So you froze that ABC video and …

Bigelow: Yeah frame after frame after frame and found tile that was identical to that.  And built the house with everyconceivable piece of information that we could find we replicated. 

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