Wednesday 22 January 2020

Watts sent to boot camp for role

Naomi Watts went to boot camp to prepare for her role as a CIA agent
Naomi Watts went to boot camp to prepare for her role as a CIA agent

Naomi Watts has admitted she was sent to boot camp to "toughen up" in preparation for her role as a CIA spy in new film Fair Game.

The 41-year-old actress said the movie's director Doug Liman decided to take action after he realised she was still in a "maternal state" following the birth of her second child.

She said: "Because I was in a wholly maternal state at the point when we were supposed to start shooting, Doug said, 'OK, get your ass into boot camp and toughen up, lady'."

Fair Game, which is competing for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of real-life CIA agent Valerie Plame, whose identity was leaked in 2003.

Featuring a script by British screenwriter Jez Butterworth, the film also stars Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn as Plame's husband Joseph Wilson.

Naomi said: "On December 13 I had a baby, and on December 26 I received an email from Jez Butterworth saying 'read this'.

She continued: "I said 'I'm not sure when I'll get to read it', but he said 'just read 10 pages', which was a very smart thing to say because obviously you don't read just 10 pages of this story."

Of the boot camp, which was intended to give her a taste of the training CIA agents undergo, she joked: "It was a fascinating two-day period - how many people can say they've breast-fed while packing a weapon?"

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