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THE MOVIE: Suspect Zero

Aaron Eckhart • Carrie-Anne Moss • Ben Kingsley

Aaron Eckhart as Agent Tom Mackelway THE CONCEPT:
A series of murders are assigned to FBI Agents Thomas Mackelway (Eckhart) and Fran Kulok (Moss) who believe the crimes are being committed by a renegade named Benjamin O’Ryan (Kingsley), who along with four other elite agents were trained in remote viewing, enabling them to telepathically get into the hearts and minds of killers and their victims.

U.S. RELEASE: August 27 2004, Nationwide • Rated: R


“My character is a very complicated man who is literally driven to the edge by an overpowering ability to track and identify with evil. When I read the script, I found him to be very compelling and multifaceted, the type of individual who is intriguing and difficult to read. I loved the challenge of bringing him to life.”

AARON ECKHART on the fact that his character also receives telepathic messages:
“I felt like I had voices in my head, that the demons were out to get me and that’s what I wanted to portray because the movie deals with remote viewing. It’s not supernatural at all, but it is ‘other-natural.’ Voices in your head are difficult to play because the audience can’t hear them. In fact, I was just watching the trailer for The Manchurian Candidate and seeing how Denzel Washington did it, because he’s got to be possessed with this (chip) inside his head. I thought, ‘How do other actors do it?’ I guess it manifests itself in behavior.”

“I had heard of remote viewing. A CIA or FBI agent was on The Oprah Winfrey Show talking about it. It really spurred my interest, because of its psychic spiritual nature. I take life as a sign, and when I read the script and it was about remote viewing literally a week after I’d seen this special, I was really interested in doing it.”

“Sir Ben Kingsley is focused but, on the other hand, he’s an absolute pro. He’s been through it and he knows it all, so he’s not questioning his process. He knows it’s going to be there. When he needed to be intense, he was intense. When we had a scene where he has tied me up and is yelling at me, we didn’t speak to each other that day, but he is the kindest, most gentle, most worldly person.”

MOSS on playing tough women:
“I’m always surprised when people say they watched The Making of The Matrix and saw all the training that I went through, and they’re like, ‘Wow, you’re really tough.’ So I guess they cast me as a tough girl because I’m such a toughie!”

“When we were shooting in New Mexico, I was going through a crevice up on this mesa, and right after the take I looked down and there’s a rattlesnake crawling through my legs, coiling on my shoe. I didn’t think, I just yelled and ran. The funny thing about it is that the camera was rolling out, so it got it on film which was amazing.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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