Four New Preview Clips for The Debt Starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington
Posted 08.31.11 by Ryan
Director John Madden's thriller The Debt opens today, but Focus Features is offering a few last glimpses to inspire a trip to the theater.
A remake of the 2007 Israeli thriller HaHov, The Debt takes place in two decades. One half of the movie is set in the present day, following retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Academy Award–winner Helen Mirren) and Stefan (two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson) as they learn some disturbing news about their former Nazi-hunting colleague David (Ciarán Hinds). The other half of the movie takes place in the 1960s, showing a young Rachel (Jessica Chastain) trains with David (Sam Worthington) and Stefan (Marton Csokas) and hunts Nazi Dieter Vogel (Jesper Christensen), "The Surgeon of Birkenau." Believing Vogel dead, the story unfolds once the war criminal surfaces 35 years later, as both decades reveal more about what really happened.
The cast of The Debt have been making the press rounds, with Chastain recently telling Collider about her training for the role, which meant learning the Israeli self-defense system Krav Maga.
With Krav Maga, that was just fun because I was a dancer as a kid, and I’ve realized that fight scenes are like dance scenes. Everyone counts silently in their head, and you don’t really hit each other, if you’re lucky. I became kind of obsessed with it. I had four months of training, before we started shooting. Before that, I never really thought about myself as a fighter, but I would come back from training and my best friend would be home and I’d be like, "Come on, come at me with a knife." So, she’d have a pencil in her hand and I’d pin her, just try to see if I could remember how to do it on my own, without my teacher, telling me what to do. I became a little bit of a monster, trying to always take someone down to the ground, and see how fast I could do it.
Chastain's training is revealed in the first preview clip, which is an extended version of the clip already released last September.
Chastain wasn't used to doing much action, telling ComingSoon that Worthington helped educate the actress by becoming her "action coach."
I'd never done an action film. I mean... I went to Juilliard, I was trained in Shakespeare and the classics, and so the idea of me running and jumping into a moving van and shooting guns was so foreign to me. And Sam was wonderful because it wasn't foreign to him, and he really was my coach during this film — my like action coach, where he would show me the best ways to hold a gun or...So we had real good fun.
Both Chastain and Worthington run into action in the second clip, with young Rachel, David and Sam running into gunfire while trying to escape from the train station.
The third clip goes back to the present, with the older Stefan (Wilkinson) telling older Rachel (Mirren) that she will have to be the one to track down Vogel.
The fourth clip puts Mirren in action, as she breaks in to an office to find a crucial piece of information for her mission.
The Debt was written by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, and Peter Straughan, and co-stars Romi Aboulafia.
Next Showing: The Debt
is currently in theaters