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By Mark Worgan On December 14, 2012

'Zero Dark Thirty' Director Kathryn Bigelow: Jessica Chastain Brought Bin Laden Raid To Life

Director thanks her star for making raid scene work

Just how exactly do you bring one of the most controversial and famous moments in recent history to life? That's the challenge that faced 'Zero Dark Thirty' director Kathryn Bigelow, and she has said that she has actress Jessica Chastain to thank for bringing the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden to life.

Chastain, who received a Golden Globe nomnation and is hotly tipped for an Oscar, played Maya in the movie, a character based on a real-life CIA operative who was uncompromising in her search for America's number one enemy.

On the filming the raid Bigelow told Time: " Logistically, the raid was the most challenging, but I have to say…like, a girl at a desk at an office.How do I find yet another composition that I hadn’t already utilized?"

But to save Bigelow from her difficulties, Chastain came into her own, as the director added: "That’s where the great good fortune of having a phenomenal actress comes into play. She brings it to life. There’ll be something she touches and immediately Greig [Fraser], the cinematographer, will find what she touches and that gives me a transition into the scene.

"All of the sudden there’s a shape and a choreography, and it just naturally animates and it feels real and feels honest. In a way the logistically least challenging were in some ways the most difficult. The raid was challenging but you break it down to a series of parts."

'Zero Dark Thirty' has had its fair share of controversy due to Bigelow's reported access to sensitive CIA material, however it's now hotly tipped to bring the female director her second Best Director and Best Picture Oscars after 'Hurt Locker' won both awards in 2009.

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