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About The Supporting Cast
Joining Mark Wahlberg in "Shooter” is a supporting cast of beloved veteran actors and promising newcomers – in roles ranging from those who are hunting Bob Lee Swagger to those few who come to help him on his journey to find the truth about why he was set up as an assassin.

The only person to believe Swagger's story inside the law enforcement community is, ironically, a rookie FBI agent who first runs into Swagger during his escape from the assassination scene – and winds up the worse for wear. Despite having been embarrassed by Swagger, Agent Nick Memphis can't help but feel that something doesn't quite add up about the FBI's insistence that Swagger was the lone gunman. Playing Memphis as he goes from skeptical agent to Swagger's protégé is Michael Peña, who has quickly risen as a versatile young star with roles in such films as the Oscar®- winning "Crash,” "World Trade Center” and "Babel.”

Peña jumped at the chance to work with director Antoine Fuqua, in part because he considers "Training Day” one of his all-time favorite movies. "I thought Antoine did an amazing job with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in ‘Training Day,'” marvels the actor. "I must have seen the movie five times. I just love passionate directors, which is Antoine. On the set, you had any questions whatsoever, he was more than happy to give you a lot more insight. He really connected with this story.”

Like Wahlberg, Peña dove into the role, hoping to bring as much authenticity to it as possible. He immersed himself in FBI offices in both Los Angeles and Philadelphia and also underwent his own intensive sniper training for the climactic scenes in which he and Swagger take on a swarm of mercenaries by using their skills and their wits.

Meanwhile, in a departure from his more sympathetic characters in such films as the "Lethal Weapon” series and the recent, acclaimed "Dreamgirls,” Danny Glover stars as Swagger's chief nemesis – the shadowy Colonel Isaac Johnson, who recruits Swagger with patriotic words, then betrays him in the worst way possible. For the filmmakers, seeing Glover in the surprising role of one of the masterminds of a government conspiracy was part of the excitement of the film. "Danny has brought so much to so many different kinds of movies, but this is a different kind of role for Danny,” observes producer di Bonaventura. "It allows Danny to be a little bit more edgy. We were allowed to use Danny's strengths in a way that turns your expectation of who he is on its head a little bit, which is always fun.”

Bringing a feminine element to "Shooter” is Kate Mara, a young actress whose career has rocketed from television to the big screen, as the confused young widow who gives safe harbor, and ultimately tenderness, to Bob Lee Swagger. Mara was immediately drawn to the screenplay. "I couldn't put it down,” she recalls, "it was just too suspenseful.”

She was also strongly drawn to the character of Sarah Fenn, a lonely, widowed schoolteacher who takes a risk on trusting a stranger who has put her in a very dangerous position. "I like that she's a really strong Southern woman and she's very different from anyone I've played before,” says the actress. "It's hard for her when Swagger just shows up in her life, because he brings back all these demons and reminds her of the husband she lost. She's sort of thrown into a tough dilemma – but she can't help but care about Swagger and feel for him.”

Mara was also compelled by the opportunity to work with Antoine Fuqua. "He thinks of wonderful things you never would,” she says of the director. "He always knows what he wants you to do with the character, but he has this wonderful way of making you feel like you've come up with it yourself.”

The filmmakers were especially excited about the chemistry that seem

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