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Trust no one. Deceive everyone.

In the murky underworld of today's high-stakes global espionage, power is measured not by weaponry or technology, but by the amount of vital information one can acquire and control—or appear to.

"Information is the bottom line,” states "Body of Lies” director Ridley Scott, "and the subtext of that could be that you cannot trust anyone, not even your best friend. Turn your back for a second and you will be used. And if you are running an organization that is important to national security, without that attitude you will be weaker and vulnerable. That's the job.”

"Body of Lies” is based on the novel of the same name by author David Ignatius, a veteran journalist who covered the CIA and Middle Eastern affairs for 10 years for The Wall Street Journal before joining The Washington Post, where he is currently an associate editor and columnist. Scott, who read the book when it was still in galley form, offers, "It has an unusually incisive view into what actually happens up on the front lines, and the people at the front who make a difference.”

Producer Donald De Line remarks, "David's book is such a smart, well-crafted spy thriller about the kinds of people and levels of deception it takes to penetrate a country, a culture and, ultimately, the enemy. We really felt it had everything going for it in terms of a great movie plot.”

Scott worked closely with Oscar®-winning screenwriter William Monahan to bring the novel's gritty urgency and combative character dynamics to the screen. The director notes, "There were so many interesting dimensions to the story, the way the plot develops and the characters have to adjust and change. It's a very exciting journey.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, who had previously worked with William Monahan on "The Departed,” states, "Monahan's adaptation was fantastic. He's great with information and disinformation, and cat-and-mouse dilemmas between characters.”

"The story is really gripping; you really have to pay attention to all the twists and turns,” De Line says. "And it also has the kind of exciting action sequences that Ridley is so good at and always does with his own distinctive style.”

DiCaprio agrees. "There are huge action elements to this movie, but the plot is very intricate. At the end of the day, it was how advanced the thinking of the CIA was and how that translated into the story that really sparked our interest and engaged us. As we worked on the movie, we became more and more fascinated with how an organization like this operates against an enemy that is extremely difficult to find in a world so unfamiliar to them.”

DiCaprio stars as CIA operative Roger Ferris, who devises an audacious plan to lure a terrorist leader, Al-Saleem, out of hiding by making it appear that a rival—and entirely fake—organization has become as deadly and effectual as Al-Saleem's own. But the smoke and mirrors the agent conjures so deftly are cloaked in layers of simultaneous subterfuge perpetrated by his own superior, Ed Hoffman. A ruthless strategist, Hoffman will stop at nothing in the name of national security, even if it means sacrificing his best man in the field.

As Ferris' un-retractable scheme gains momentum, conflicts with his two closest allies threaten to converge with a crisis of conscience that leaves him painfully vulnerable. Will Hoffman betray him, as he has so many others? Meanwhile, if the head of Jordanian intelligence finds out Ferris is running a secret operation to snare Al- Saleem, Ferris' life expectancy in Jordan will be measured out in minutes. Ultimately, Ferris' survival and the success of his mission may depend on the one man he knows he can trust: himself.

Russell Crowe, who stars as Ed Hoffman, comments, "Obviously, it's a movie and is not meant to be taken as fact,

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