Kathryn Bigelow talks ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ torture scenes with Stephen Colbert (Video)

By Daniel S Levine,

Kathryn Bigelow made an appearance on The Colbert Report last night to make up for having to pull out from her previously scheduled appearance a few weeks ago. The director discussed the controversial torture scenes in the film with host Stephen Colbert.

Bigelow said that she had to pull out of the first interview after the Senate announced that it would start investigating how the CIA worked with the filmmakers. When the interview turned to the torture scenes, though, Bigelow reiterated some of what she said in her Los Angeles Times essay last week.

“First of all, torture is reprehensible,” she said, “And I think it’s a very controversial issue. It’s been debated since the early part of 2000. And it’s gonna continue to be debated. And I would call this movie kind of the first draft of history, or maybe the first rough cut of history.”

The director explained that the film is based on first hand accounts and the information they were given. Colbert asked if they thought they were duped into portraying torture as a technique that did help find Osama Bin Laden.

She called it a “fair assessment” of what was going on at the time and continued to say that she stands by the film.

“I stand by the movie. I believe in the film,” she said. “I’m proud of the film...I wouldn’t change a thing in the movie because it’s based on an honest telling of the story as we know it.”

Zero Dark Thirty is up for five Oscars, including Best Picture. You can catch Bigelow’s interview below:

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