Rachel Weisz

  • Aired:  07/27/11
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Rachel Weisz talks about becoming a U.S. citizen and discusses the true story of human trafficking that inspired her film "The Whistleblower." (5:37)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, ACADEMY

AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS.

HER NEW FILM IS CALLED "THE

WHISTLEBLOWER."

>> I'M LOOKING FOR A GIRL.

THE POLICE DROPPED HER HERE A

FEW HOURS AGO.

CAN YOU CHECK?

SHE'S 15 YEARS OLD, NO PASSPORT.

>> OKAY.

OKAY.

THAT'S EASY.

I KNOW WHAT YOU LOOK FOR.

THOSE GIRLS DO NOT GO THROUGH.

THEY GO FOR DEATH TO SERBIA.

>> GEEZ.

[LAUGHTER]

>> PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE

PROGRAM RACHEL WEISZ.

HOW ARE YOU?

>> Jon: NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> NICE TO SEE YOU.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: FIRST OF ALL, GREAT TO

SEE YOU AGAIN.

>> NICE TO SEE YOU.

SECOND OF ALL, BOY, THIS IS A

HEAVY PIECE.

IS THIS... THE U.N. SOLDIER, IS

THIS A TRUE STORY?

>> IT'S INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY

OF A REAL WOMAN.

>> Jon: AND SHE WAS ATTEMPTING

TO... THERE WAS I GUESS SEX

TRAFFICKING OF UNDERAGE WOMEN BY

U.N. SOLDIERS, PEACEKEEPERS?

>> SHE WAS PEACEKEEPER AND WENT

TO BOSNIA AND SHE SLOWLY

UNCOVERED THIS HUGE SCANDAL.

I MEAN, THERE WAS CORRUPTION AT

THE CORPORATE LEVEL BY THE

PRIVATE CONTRACTING COMPANY THAT

HIRED HER, BY THE U.N., BY THE

STATE DEPARTMENT, BY THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT.

I MEAN, THERE WERE LAYER POINTS.

IT WAS AN OLD-FASHIONED

THRILLER.

IT'S SOMEONE TRYING TO UNRAVEL A

WEB OF DECEIT AND LIES.

>> Jon: I AM GOING TO LOSE

FAITH IN OUR INSTITUTIONS IF

THIS TYPE OF THING...

>> NO, JON, YOU?

SURELY NOT.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: SURELY THE U.N.

MISMANAGED MILITARY CONTRACTORS

IN A WAR-TORN NATION.

I'M REALLY SOMEWHAT UPSET.

NOW, WERE YOU ABLE TO FILM...

>> IN BOSNIA, NO.

WE FILMED IN ROMANIA.

SO BUCHAREST DOUBLED FOR LATE

'90s BOSNIA.

>> Jon: I HAVE BEEN TO

BUCHAREST IN THE EARLY '90s OR

LATE '80s I SPENT AN HOUR

LAYOVER.

[LAUGHTER]

>> IN THE AIRPORT, YEAH.

>> Jon: BEAUTIFUL LAVATORIES.

THE DETAIL ON THE TILE.

SAY WHAT YOU WILL ABOUT STALIN,

THE MAN KNEW THAT WHEN IT'S TIME

TO GO...

>> IT'S GOT TO LOOK GOOD AROUND

YOU.

>> Jon: THANK YOU.

>> I'M WITH YOU.

>> Jon: YOU WANT SOME PEACE.

HOW LONG WERE YOU IN BUCHAREST?

HAVE YOU SPENT TIME THERE

PREVIOUSLY?

>> I HAD NEVER BEEN THERE

BEFORE.

WE WERE THERE SIX WEEKS.

IT WAS A LOW-BUDGET MOVIE.

>> Jon: WHEN YOU'RE SHOOTING A

MOVIE SUCH AS THIS AND IT'S VERY

POLITICALLY CHARGED, IS THERE

INTERFERENCE?

DO THE PEOPLE WHO WERE INVOLVED

IN THIS TYPE OF CASE, ARE THEY

AWARE OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING?

ARE THEY TRYING TO STOP WHAT

YOU'RE DOING?

IS THERE ANY... OR EVERYBODY IS

JUST OUT THERE?

>> NO ONE BOTHERS IN ROMANIA.

WE CHANGE THE NAMES OF A LOT OF

THE INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED.

WE CHANGE THE NAME OF THE

PRIVATE CONTRACTING COMPANY.

I THINK THE REAL NAME, THE

INSURANCE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE

BEEN MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE

BUDGET OF THE FILM.

SO IT'S KIND OF INSPIRED BY A

TRUE STORY.

A LOT OF THE NAMES CHANGED AND

THE EVENTS KIND OF INCORPORATED

INTO DIFFERENT MOMENTS.

>> Jon: SO YOU'RE BASICALLY IN

BUCHAREST DRIVING U.N. TRUCKS

FILMING THE SEQUEL.

NOTHING GOING ON HERE TO BE SEEN

OR SEE OR ANY OF THOSE TYPES OF

THINGS.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

SOMEONE WAS TELLING ME THERE'S A

WIZARD OF OZ PREQUEL.

>> YES, YES, I'M FILMING IT

RIGHT NOW IN DETROIT.

>> Jon: WHAT?

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

THAT'S AWESOME.

>> YES, DETROIT.

>> Jon: ABOUT TIME SOMEBODY

FOLLOWED THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD.

I KNEW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD LED

SOMEWHERE NEAR DETROIT.

I JUST WASN'T SURE.

THAT'S NICE, THOUGH, BECAUSE

THAT'S A CITY... AS MUMP AS LOS

ANGELES NEEDS THE FILM BUSINESS,

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE DETROIT GET

OTHER INDUSTRIES LIKE THE FILM

BUSINESS.

THAT'S A GREAT THING FOR THEM.

IS THAT GOING ON RIGHT NOW?

>> YEAH, SAM RAMI WHO IS

DIRECTING IT IS FROM DETROIT.

HE'S GONE BACK THE HIS HOME

CITY.

>> Jon: THAT'S GREAT.

WHAT FILM HAVE YOU TOLD

DETROITERS YOU'RE FILMING TO

AVOID INSURANCE ISSUES?

HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO CATCH A

GAME YET, A TIGERS' GAME?

>> I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE

TALKING ABOUT.

[APPLAUSE]

>> DO YOU THINK I'M JOKING?

I'M NOT.

>> Jon: THE TIGERS ARE TEAM OF

CRICKETERS.

IT'S AN AMERICAN PASTIME, BUT

BASEBALL...

>> I'M A CITIZEN.

>> Jon: IS THAT TRUE?

>> YEP.

>> Jon: AND YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO

ANSWER ANY BASEBALL QUESTIONS?

>> NO.

JON JON WHAT DO THEY WANT

FOREIGNERS TO KNOW WHEN THEY

BECOME A CITIZEN?

>> A LOT OF MULTIPLE CHOICE

QUESTIONS, BUT NOTHING ABSPORTS.

NOT ONE SPORT QUESTION.

>> Jon: WHAT DID THEY ASK

ABOUT?

>> HISTORY, POLITICS.

>> Jon: PLEASE.

WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT

THAT.

WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE TO?

WELL, IT'S ALWAYS VERY NICE TO

SEE YOU.

AND YOU'LL COME BACK FOR THE

WIZARD OF OZ PREQUEL BECAUSE I'M

EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

IS IT FOR KIDS, TOO?

>> YES, YES.

>> Jon: "THE WHISTLEBLOWER"

OPENS IN NEW YORK AND L.A.

AUGUST 5th.

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