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Oscars prep, Green Zone promotion
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From: (Anonymous) Date: March 6th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I watched Paul Greengrass on BBC2 Newsnight Review last night. A really fascinating interview. The panel discussion of the movie afterward was also very interesting. Quite a range of views were heard. I would recommend it. BBC iplayer doesn't work outside of Europe, but someone will probably download it to youtube sooner or later. I would recommend you watch it.

Paul discussed how the war in Iraq influenced the film and also expressed his view on the war very passionately (which I love). His views maybe controversial to some, but in the UK at least many feel that the decision to topple Saddam Hussein was based on distorted intelligence (deliberate or otherwise), and many view the war as illegal, from the right to the left. The Chilcott Inquiry which is going on at the moment is trying to sort out the steps that were taken that led to the UK going to war, and interviewing everyone involved in the process including Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. The British people support the British soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and back them 100%; it was the political leadership who lied to the population.

Delete my comment when you've read it. I know your blog isn't for political comments.

I know nothing about American football so the reason why he's wearing that shirt on the David Letterman show is completely lost on me. Marcia
mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 6th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you Marcia - I'll try to find the interview.

The jumper I can understand. He's friends with Anthony Mackie, an actor who's in The Adjustment Bureau, and a New Orleans native. Mackie's a strong New Orleans Saints supporter (NFL), and he and Matt bet on the team who would be the Super Bowl winner this year (with Matt supporting the New England Patriots, led by Tom Brady). And New Orleans won, so Matt had to wear the Saints jumper on Letterman (a great punishment if you support a rival team).
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