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GREEN ZONE

Weapons And Stunts
Before filming began, SIMON ATHERON and his team of armorers invited the MET D cast into the weapons truck. They chose what they had used in Iraq, and customized their weaponry with sights, strapping and lights.

The weapon of choice for Miller and the MET D team was the M4 carbine. Only Keating, played by army reservist Brian Siefkes, broke from the pack with an M16 203 grenade launcher, which had been his weapon in Iraq. The armorers had practicals, i.e., real guns, for each MET D character, as well as nonpractical Airsoft versions. If they weren't firing that day, the armorers didn't give them practicals because the Airsoft worked so well. Naturally, practicals were only given to people trained to use them.

The MET D convoy mirrored what Gonzales and his unit had used in Iraq. "The vehicle configuration, the way the people are grouped, the equipment, the organ ization—everything is almost exactly as it was when we were there in 2003,” says Gonzales.

The "hero convoy” included Miller's lead Humvee, followed by a second Humvee, a large M35 truck, and a rear Humvee. "These were underdog vehicles,” notes action vehicles coordinator King. "The production designer, Dominic Watkins, wanted them to look less desirable and underequipped.”

Just as they would have on duty, the MET D boys personalized the interiors with photographs. They gave King practical tips to make the action even more realistic. "They suggested taking all the doors off,” he says. "These aren't armored Humvees, so the moment you have any contact, the doors do nothing but stop you from getting out fast.”

King knew the Humvees' limits and that they'd be challenged. "We always had to consider the scene where they cross into oncoming traffic and bump vehicles out of the way,” he explains. "The Humvee is robust, but its parts will disintegrate if you smash into the back of another vehicle. We saw in the reference images that they usually clamped something on the front as an improvised ramming bar.”

Stunt work came naturally to many of the vets. "A couple of the guys have a tremendous amount of experience,” offers Gonzales. "When asked to tackle an adversary, take him to the ground, search him, flex cuff him, and do whatever you do with a prisoner, no rehearsal was needed. These guys have done that 100 times. They just do it.”

Jason Isaacs had to keep pace with these men. "I've been hanging out of very old helicopters by what seemed to me a piece of dental floss,” he jokes. "Unlike most movies, it would be embarrassing to suggest that somebody else do the stunts, since I'm surrounded by some of the most fearless men I've ever met. It turns out they were terrified too, but they figured I must know something they didn't.”

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Universal Pictures presents—In association with StudioCanal and Relativity Media—A Working Title production of a Paul Greengrass film: Matt Damon in Green Zone, starring Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Ryan, Khalid Abdalla and Jason Isaacs. The film's casting is by Amanda Mackey, CSA, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond, CSA, Dan Hubbard, John Hubbard. The action-thriller's music is by John Powell, and the visual effects supervisor is Peter Chiang. The costume designer is Sammy Sheldon; the editor is Christopher Rouse, ACE; the production designer is Dominic Watkins.

Green Zone's director of photography is Barry Ackroyd, BSC, and the co-producers are Mairi Bett, Michael Bronner, Christopher Rouse, Kate Solomon. The executive producers are Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin; the film is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lloyd Levin, Paul Greengrass. It is inspired by the book "Imperial Life in the Emerald City” by Rajiv Chandrasekaran. The fi

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