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Tears of the Sun (2003)

Bruce Willis, Tears of the Sun | OUT OF AFRICA Willis heads up ''Tears of the Sun'''s rescue mission
Image credit: Tears of the Sun: Frank Masi
OUT OF AFRICA Willis heads up ''Tears of the Sun'''s rescue mission

Details Release Date: Mar 07, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 118 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, War; With: Monica Bellucci and Bruce Willis; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Antoine Fuqua, your movie ''Training Day'' has just won Denzel Washington an Oscar. How are you going to celebrate? A day later, the director started shooting his next film, about a team of Navy SEALs (led by Bruce Willis) dropped into the Nigerian jungle on a search-and-rescue mission. A cocksure Fuqua must have strutted onto the Hawaiian set. ''Nah, I was scared to death,'' he says. ''I wanted to keep up the quality of work!'' And just as ''Training Day'' wasn't a simple shoot-'em-up, costar Monica Bellucci, who plays a stranded doctor, promises ''Tears of the Sun'' is more than a brash military movie: ''It's not an action flick where people are just killing each other. It's a drama about Africa, and not many people know what's going on over there.'' Fuqua had hoped to shoot the entire film on location, but the ''temperature of the world'' kept him Stateside. He did insist on casting Africans. ''We brought in the lost boys of Sudan,'' he says. ''We had people from Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Zaire. I mean, some of them had never been on an escalator or an elevator. A movie was like being on a f---ing other planet.'' (March 7)

Originally posted Feb 05, 2003 Published in issue #695 Feb 14, 2003 Order article reprints
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