Can you give us specifics on going ‘all-in’?

I misplaced quite a lot of weight—22 kilos—in a really brief period of time. I requested props to deliver me actual shackles, to show the cell as chilly as potential. And I skilled waterboarding and force-feeding.

You voluntarily underwent torture?

We had codes in case I put myself in peril, however yeah. Different motion pictures demand totally different strategies. I wasn’t in a position to make up this half in my thoughts and make it look actual. I didn’t wish to promote one thing. I needed the viewers to really feel it. The movie shouldn’t be about whether or not you suppose Mohamedou’s responsible or not. It’s about human rights.

We find out about many of the harsh circumstances at Gitmo. Was there one thing you found throughout manufacturing that stunned you past the same old headlines?

Mohamedou’s cell. When I went on set, I wanted to spend a while within the cell to simply expertise it. It’s stunning since you barely have the house to lie down. The mild is on 24 hours a day. And it’s all made out of steel so the sound is intense. It’s scary. And then within the courtyard, you’ll be able to’t even speak to a co-detainee. Mohamedou by no means noticed one other detainee aside from one little second.

What was assembly Mohamedou like?

The assembly was a memorable second, and this encounter will keep written in my coronary heart for all times. I used to be so stunned to see {that a} man who lived by means of this might smile, crack jokes, speak about motion pictures or music, and ask about your loved ones. If it wasn’t a real story, it will be exhausting for me to consider. I needed to ask him some sensitive questions. But after we began to speak about Gitmo, he modified. He was stressed. I might see the trauma coming to life on his face. I felt so dangerous that I finished asking questions. I keep in mind saying to myself, ‘Who do you think you are to bring him back there? Stop it now.’