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Jessica Chastain Reveals How Tom Cruise Helped Her With Zero Dark Thirty

If not for Tom Cruise's understanding, Jessica Chastain would have never been able to play the CIA agent on the hunt for the terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow's hotly debated thriller Zero Dark Thirty.

"I got cold-called by [director] Kathryn Bigelow," said the actress, describing how she first got word of the role. "I was in Toronto, and I had heard from [producer] Megan Ellison. We had done a film, [2012’s] Lawless, together. And she said, ‘By the way, do you know Kathryn Bigelow’s trying to get a hold of you? She wants to meet with you on something.’ And I was like, ‘What? Please give her my number.’"

After getting in touch with the filmmaker, Chastain accepted the role without even laying hands on the screenplay by Mark Boal. With the script now in hand, the actress knew she absolutely had to make the film, however, something stood in her way.

"I was signed to do another movie," Chastain continued. "I was contractually obligated to do something else that I was really wanting to do, and I was excited to do [the 2013 thriller Oblivion, starring Cruise]. But when this came my way, I realized I had to do this. And the person who made it possible for me to do this movie is Tom Cruise. Someone contacted him from my agency and said, ‘Listen, she wants to work with you. And she would love to, but there is this other film, and it’s so important.’ And he said, ‘OK, we’re going to let you out of your contract.’"

Zero Dark Thirty, which also starred Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Chris Pratt, Jennifer Ehle, James Gandolfini, Harold Perrineau, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez, and Joel Edgerton, went on to receive five Oscar nominations, including one for Chastain for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
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