Zero Director Discusses Torture Scene
It remains an unanswered question: Did CIA personnel provide the director and screenwriter of Zero Dark Thirty information indicating that torture played a role in hunting down Osama bin Laden? At Monday night's awards ceremony staged by the New York Film Critics Circle (where the movie received the best picture prize and Bigelow the prize for best director), the director sidestepped the question as she denied that the movie endorsed torture. I thankfully want to say that I'm standing in a room of people who understand that depiction is not endorsement, and if it was, no artist could ever portray inhumane practices; no author could ever write about them; and no film-maker could ever delve into the naughty subjects of our time, she said. Writer Scott Boal alluded to the question when he told the audience: There was a very interesting story on the front page of the New York Times today by Scott Shane, about a CIA agent who is now facing jail time for talking to a reporter about waterboarding. ... It sort of reminds me of what somebody else said when they were running for president, which is: 'If this s**t was happening to somebody else, it would be very interesting. For us, it's quite serious.' A U.S. Senate panel has said it will look into the question of whether the CIA provided classified information to the filmmakers.