Canadian actor Paul Gross discusses his new film, ‘Hyena Road’ and what attracts him to telling battle stories.
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three Niner alpha this is six six done contact 1028 local confirm your dope up 23 right to standby send it seven years after his first world war epic Passchendaele actor writer and director Paul Gross returns to the battlefield with his new modern warfare drama hi in a road he joins us in studio this morning and this is launch day for the trailer people can see this now on line two as of today yes all right so tell me a little bit about the the reason why you would do that the Mater I mean I know you went to Afghanistan you talked to the soldiers why this story well first of all I absolutely never wanted to do another war film really complicated and difficult they're awful challenge but I did go to Afghanistan and then while I was there so it was one of those mesmerizing places I've ever been and I was kind of all over the place and I thought well I'd go back and at least photograph it and it was in the course of that trip with a camera team we were a couple of weeks at a Forward Operating Base and then just kind of pointing our camera at anything we cause he didn't have any step plant you just wanted to go and hear what they had to say yeah and it was out of those conversations and the people that I met who were not only soldiers but I also met a whole bunch of Afghans that we worked with and the coalition forces worked with and started to think there is something he was fascinating because it wasn't anything at all like what I thought it would be it's with an unbelievably complex environment where everything is moving all the time and agendas are in constant the opposition to one another or conflicting and then I thought well I would like to try doing something with this because I think Adam probably not all that different from the rest of the country we had no real idea of how complicated it was and it is the nature of modern warfare and quite probably will be it would seem that we're going to drift into something else similar to that and I kind of felt well maybe we need to know more about what it's like there's a portion in the trailer anyway where there's you know a sniper and he's trained on a situation and they're bringing children out and he says they are bringing children and say hold your fire and it's just it's quite chilling and those are some of the stories upon which you base there's there's a few different stories in this film but one of them is about a sniper it is yeah they're basically three story lines there's a Canadian sniper and what the army would kind of refer to it as the kinetic side of the war that's the world where you're fighting each other with guns and then you have the non kinetic side of the war which is the intelligence and the hearts and minds and effects that are trying to be achieved in communities and that's carried by the part that I play is an intelligence officer and then there is a an Afghan an elder a Muji Idina glarry figure from a war against the Soviets who's now resurfaced and we are trying to work with him so you have these three kind of three sides of the war not exactly in conflict the agendas are all bit different so you see how complicated it actually all is in putting it together trying to you know put all of these them all of the rules that you kind of play in this not least which is in it was there a concern or it wasn't more difficult because you've talked these guys making sure that it's a documentary but it's a film you true to the story but you're also telling a story that people are prepared to hear I just assume that if you kind of give you fairly accurate to this story it will be of interest and I think it's a fantastically entertaining movie so I'm not concerned about whether or not being accurate is helpful I think fact I think it's it's great asset and we had lots of CF involvement enormous support from soldiers and that in constructing the story which is has the feel of the documentary but it is the eye is actually metaphor man it is a drama and it's kind of invented to the extent that I took all of these various interesting stories and assembled them in a narrative line that I think is quite unexpected and and for me I think it's it's very powerful the film has extremely powerful ending and and is I suppose ultimately really interested in the intimate costs of warfare so that for our fellow citizens who we ask periodically to go out and do these things it's probably a good idea that we know what we're asking to do because it is it takes exacts a heavy toll out of a lot of the people who served over there as we know and part of the story will you know inform people tell people some things we don't understand we see the headlines we've got obviously reporters that are embedded and we've seen that story but you know you were there and it's a different story that you wanted to tell that people to show more yeah I think you kind of get to experience the war from the inside of it so it isn't just a slightly distant reporters story which are of course important but it I think it's another way of looking at it so that you can put your feet in the boots of the people that are there Paul Gross thank you for coming and sharing with us this morning thank you she ate a hyena Road is set for release this October