Thursday, July 21, 2005

Making ‘The Great Raid’ Was No Picnic

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Benjamin Bratt, James Franco and Joseph Fiennes may be physically fit, but even they had a tough time training for The Great Raid.

That’s according to director John Dahl, who worked with the actors in the film about American POWs trapped in a brutal Japanese war camp.

To get ready for their roles as soldiers, Dahl says the actors were put through a rigorous 10-day boot camp, where they endured tough physical training and barely slept due to nocturnal combat missions.

And to help them achieve an “emaciated” look, they did all this on a 1000-calorie-a-day diet.

Although the training was brutal for all three actors, Dahl admits there was one that couldn’t quite cut it, although he declines to say who, only hinting, “It’s the guy you’d least expect.”

The Great Raid hits theaters Aug. 12.

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