Bigelow pic preems at Dolby Theater

Sony may have foreshadowed the coming months by holding the preem of Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” at the Dolby Theater followed by an afterparty at Hollywood and Highland’s grand ballroom, home of the annual post-Oscars Governors Ball. And next month, the pic preems in D.C., where it has become a hot-button issue.

“It was a political football from the beginning and I think that sort of comes with the territory,” said screenwriter Mark Boal. “Don’t get me wrong, it was surreal and bizarre and it wasn’t fun, but I also think it’s par for the course when you’re doing something that’s topical,” explained Boal.

“It’s frustrating to me when people reappropriate it for their own uses, talking about how it’s a political film for someone’s agenda when they haven’t even seen it yet,” added star Jessica Chastain. “What’s so special about this movie is, it takes a current event and this medium puts it before us to create conversation. Kathryn ends the film with a question and leaves us to answer it. So when they ask Maya, ‘Where do you want to go, yes it’s for her, but it’s also for the country. Where do we go from here?”

Chastain also gave props to producer Megan Ellison, who financed the film through her Annapurna banner. “She’s giving the power back to the filmmaker. There was a time when I couldn’t get cast in a film because I didn’t have foreign value. And that’s because if you hadn’t worked yet, you couldn’t have foreign value. To be honest, I think if this movie was made somewhere else, I would never have been given this role, they probably would’ve put a huge star in it. Same with Jason Clarke, who is incredible. Megan allows the director to cast whoever they want and you (end up) with actors that you really believe in the roles.”

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