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DECEPTION

About The Production
>DECEPTION's thriller elements, and the way they are tied to its theme of solitude, intrigued director Marcel Langenegger. "It was such a great, smart script, with intriguing mind games. And Jonathan is so susceptible to such things, I think, because he's so lonely. You can really feel his loneliness.”

Screenwriter Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard) had first pitched DECEPTION to producer Arnold Rifkin, over coffee. "I bought it before our cups were empty,” says Rifkin, who was drawn to the thriller's unconventional elements and characters. "The innocence of the story really got to me,” Rifkin says. "This young man, Jonathan, leads a life of anonymity. There are thousands and thousands of people like Jonathan, people who are cut off from others, who are stuck being alone.”

Producer John Palermo sees DECEPTION as something of a throwback to an earlier era of filmmaking. "I think the film is proof that thrillers can actually be character-driven stories,” Palermo says, "with themes that are relevant and with characters you care about.”

Hugh Jackman, who stars as Wyatt Bose, a lawyer who pulls Jonathan out of his psychological confinement, appreciated the story's new take on the sexual thriller. "I thought there was something very fresh about the script,” Jackman says. "It was smart and sexy, and it takes you to a world that you never get to see. Many thrillers push credibility to the limit. But I thought that this is something that could happen; this world could exist. Because even with our cell phones and our Blackberrys people still feel disconnected and lonely, just like Jonathan. He's someone that people can relate to, and his journey in this movie is so terrific. He really comes alive.”

Ewan McGregor, who plays Jonathan, agrees. "DECEPTION is a very well-crafted story, and I was really struck by Jonathan and how he's so cut off from life. That's not the usual sort of character to have at the heart of a thriller.”

McGregor embraced the role because Jonathan is a very untraditional protagonist. "For one thing,” he notes, "people have conversations in his space like he's not there. He's someone who's so cut off from the world, who hasn't allowed himself to feel emotional ties to people, that when he falls for ‘S,' I think he falls really hard. It's quite a deep love story. In many respects, playing Jonathan was like an unpeeling. It was like playing a flower opening up – different levels of him becoming alive.”

McGregor notes that director Langenegger, too, connected with Jonathan's journey. "Marcel has talked a lot about this idea of Jonathan being born,” McGregor says. "Like him becoming alive. And DECEPTION really is about the stages of that. Sometimes, through terrible experiences you can grow, and I think the nightmare of what happens to Jonathan is what allows him to come out on the other end, transformed. He's kind of set free. It's about him coming to life, really.”

Life comes much easier to Jonathan's new friend, Wyatt Bose. Hugh Jackman describes the role as "a fairly Machiavellian character. He's manipulative, smart, charming, enigmatic and mysterious. Wyatt has the confidence that he owns the world. He's the kind of guy you want to be around.

Jackman, who also serves as a producer on the picture, was eager to explore the character's many facets – even completely unexpected ones. In one scene, Langenegger recalls, he decided to give Jackman a bit of "indirect direction,” and so he suggested that Wyatt should think of Jonathan as a cockroach. "Hugh took that little idea, and he used it to transform the scene,” Langenegger says.

"All actors love to play shadier characters,” Jackman says. "And these are parts I don't get to play a lot. With Wyatt, you're not quite sure what his motives are at any point in time, you just have the feeling that, ent

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