Jessica Chastain

  • Aired:  01/16/13
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Jessica Chastain explains why Kathryn Bigelow and the creators of "Zero Dark Thirty" decided not to work hand-in-hand with the American government. (5:53)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT RECEIVED A GOLDEN GLOBE WARD AND IS UP FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD FOR HER ROLE IN

"ZERO DARK THIRTY".

>> THERE ARE TWO NARRATIVES OF THE LOCATION OF OSAMA BIN LADEN.

THE ONE YOU ARE MOST FAMILIAR WITH IS THAT YOU ARE HIDING IN A CAVE SURROUNDED BY FIGHTERS.

THAT NARRATIVE IS PRE9/11 UNDERSTANDING.

THE SECOND NARRATIVE HE IS LIVING IN THE CITY WITH MULTIPLE POINTS OF ENTRIES AND ACCESS TO

COMMUNICATIONS SO THAT HE CAN KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE ORGANIZATION.

YOU CAN'T RUN A GLOBAL NETWORK OF INTERCONNECTED CELLS FROM A CAVE.

>> Jon: THEY ARE NOT CONNECTED.

PLEASE WELCOME JESSICA CHASTAIN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

PLEASE, SIT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

>> OF COURSE.

I'M -- A HUGE FAN OF THIS SHOW.

>> Jon: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I DON'T CARE FOR IT.

I DON'T WATCH IT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

CONGRATULATIONS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: I'M CONFUSED SOMEWHAT YOU ARE DOING THIS FILM.

ARE YOU NOT ON BROADWAY RIGHT NOW?

>> YEAH, MAN, I HAVE TWO SHOWS TODAY.

I DID A MATINEE.

I'M IN THE HEIRESS ON BROADWAY.

>> Jon: YOU ARE DOING THIS AND YOU WERE AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES AND I SAW YOU.

>> YES, I'M A CRAZY PERSON.

>> Jon: I SAY THIS BECAUSE IT WAS EARLIER DO YOU TRAVEL BY PNEUMATIC, TUBE?

>> I MIGHT END UP IN THE TUBE LIKE THE BIRD.

>> Jon: TERRIBLE SITUATION.

YOUR PERFORMANCE IS SO INCREDIBLY GOOD BUT IT'S AN UNCOMFORTABLE WATCH BECAUSE IT

CHALLENGES SO MANY OF MY PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS OF HOW I FEEL ABOUT OBVIOUSLY TORTURE AND

TERRORISM AND WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS ABOUT.

AND I DON'T LIKE TO BE CHALLENGED.

>> IT'S GOOD FOR YOU.

>> Jon: TELL ME IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY.

>> IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY.

>> Jon: THANK YOU VERY MUCH IS THAT WHAT ATTRACTED TO YOU THIS TYPE OF PROJECT?

>> I'M INTERESTED IN FILMS THAT CREATE A CONVERSATION.

THE FILM ANSWERS AN UNANSWERED QUESTION.

I DON'T WANT TO GIVE IT AWAY.

>> Jon: NO, NO, GIVE IT.

>> GIVE.

IT ASKS WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?

BY ASKING THEM THAT QUESTION YOU ARE FORCING THEM TO PARTICIPATE?

IF ART DOES THAT, IT'S DONE ITS JOB.

IT'S A GREAT FILM FOR ME TO BE INVOLVED IN.

>> Jon: THERE'S MOMENTS IN WHERE IT'S LIKE SHOULDN'T BE WATCHING THIS 30 YEARS FROM NOW?

IT'S SO IMMEDIATE TO THE CRISIS AND CONTROVERSY.

IT'S A CHIE RON THAT COMES AND C.I.A. BLACK SITE.

I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW.

LIKE SOMEONE IS GOING TO KICK IN A DOOR.

>> IT WASN'T THE REAL BLACK SITE.

WE FILMED THAT IN --

>> Jon: DON'T DO THIS, JESSICA.

WERE THE OTHER GOVERNMENT AS WEAR OF WHAT THE FILM WAS?

DID YOU TELL THEM LIKE IT'S A SEQUEL TO MEATBALLS?

WHAT DID YOU TELL?

YOU ARE FILMING IT OVER SEA IT'S A VERY CONTROVERSIAL -- AMERICA DOING SOME TRUEY --

>> NOT GREAT THINGS.

>> Jon: NOT GREAT THINGS AND OTHER PEOPLE KILLING LOTS OF OTHER PEOPLE.

>> I THINK KATHRYN BIGELOW, THE DIRECTOR AND THE WRITER DECIDED NOT TO WORK IN COOPERATION WITH

THE GOVERNMENT.

WHICH MEANT IF THEY HAD THEY WOULD HAVE GOTTEN A LOT OF HELICOPTERS AND AIRPLANES AND

EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED BUT THEY WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE TO THE SCRIPT TO PROVE WHICH WOULD HAVE

MEANT --

>> Jon: OUR GOVERNMENT?

>> IF YOU WORK WITH THE GOVERNMENT YOU CAN USE THE PLANE AND HELICOPTERS BUT THEY GET THE SCRIPTS.

>> Jon: THE DEAL IS IF YOU LET AWS PROVE YOUR SCRIPT YOU CAN HAVE A HELICOPTER.

>> YOU CAN WORK ALONGSIDE EACH OTHER.

YES.

>> Jon: I'M GOING WRITE A SCRIPT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

I SO BADLY WOULD LIKE A HELICOPTER.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> THEY DON'T GIVE IT TO YOU THEY LET YOU BORROW IT FOR YOUR FILM.

>> Jon: THAT'S NOT THAT GOOD.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THE WOMAN THAT YOU PLAY IN THE FILM.

I'M USED TO THESE FILMS BEING A DOCUDRAWMA.

THIS IS A REAL CHARACTER.

>> THIS SAY REAL WOMAN IN THE C.I.A.

IT'S WORKING UNDERCOVER IT'S VERY IMPORTANT WE KEEP HER IDENTITY A SECRET.

THERE'S ARTICLES WRITTEN ABOUT HER.

THE "WASHINGTON POST" DID AN ARTICLE SAYING SHE WASN'T THE MOST POPULAR PERSON IN THE

C.I.A. AND PASSED OVER FOR PROMOTION.

>> Jon: BECAUSE OF HER --

>> IF SOMEONE IS WRONG SHE'LL TELL THEM.

SHE DOESN'T PLAY POLITICS.

SOMEONE SAID IF YOU DON'T GET A PRE MOTION FOR FINDING OSAMA BIN LADEN WHAT GETS YOU A PROMOTION

IN THE C.I.A.?

>> Jon: AT LEAST GET YOU A PLANE.

DID YOU TALK TO THIS WOMAN?

>> NO, NO SHE'S UNDER COVER.

IT'S A DANGEROUS THING.

>> Jon: WOULD SHE GET IN TROUBLE?

>> HUGE TROUBLE.

THE COVER OF NORKTS WAS ABOUT THE C.I.A. AGENT GOING TO PRISON FOR TALKING TO A JOURNALIST

ABOUT WATERBOARDING.

>> Jon: YOU CAN WATERBOARD WE'RE CALL BUT THE FIRST RULE OF WATERBOARD CLUB.

>> DON'T TALK ABOUT IT.

>> Jon: INCREDIBLE.

YOU SHOULD SEE IT.

"ZERO DARK THIRTY".

IT'S IN THE THEATERS NOW.

AND SHE'S ON BROADWAY.

IN THE HEIRESS

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