special: There was a constant feeling of unease and high alert from the stars and filmmakers behind it. MosulAn Iraqi-language thriller based on the true story of an Iraqi SWAT police force who leaves the streets to purge ISIS members in order to avenge a lover lost at the hands of a terrorist organization. The film debuted on Thanksgiving fame on Netflix and became one of the most watched movies on the web in Europe and the Middle East. Unfortunately, the film was so popular that many celebrities have seen their social media pages riddled with threats of unsettling violence purported to come from members and loyalists of the fractured ISIS organization.
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“When I posted on social media that the film was going to be released on the first day, there was a lot of ISIS coming in,” said Suhail Dabbach, who played Lt. Colonel Jaime, SWAT chief. Put a lot of bad videos and words As they say, now that we know you, you have to see for yourself. Every day, touch your head to make sure it’s still open. They said ‘We know where you live and we will contact you.’
The Dabbach family receives a similar dreadful threat, and his co-star Adam Besa, who plays a policeman who is enlisted into the SWAT, watches his Instagram page cleared and he is threatened on WhatsApp. That dating to Turkey Both the financiers of the AGBO movies, Netflix and 101 Studios had given it enough attention to order internal security forces to step in and make sure everyone was safe.
“It was definitely a shocking experience for the actors,” Joe Russo told Deadline. “I never felt comfortable being violated of your privacy and it was terrifying to receive a murder threat from an anonymous source. Self We feel expertly managed by Netflix and our own security team. ”
Anthony Russo declined to say if they investigated whether the death threat came from ISIS after AGBO re-provided TigerSwan security services, they were once confident that the cast and crew were safe during production. In morocco
“I would say we take this very seriously,” Russo told Deadline. “We know the film is provocative and potentially dangerous for everyone involved. We took the highest security measures we could think of, and we were familiar with that process after working on a Marvel movie. This was a whole new level in terms of secrecy. We do not distribute the script, we have a codename for the movie, and extract all ISIS references from the script when we have to distribute the script, so it is never explicitly mentioned as in the movie. We have the best security guards working with us. But still there is danger But we have to be in a Middle Eastern country to make a movie like we do. We are exposed and take the responsibility as we can. But everyone felt it was worth the risk. ”
Matthew Michael Carnahan, who wrote and directed the drama AGBO, said the threat was a dire byproduct of the film’s extremely high audience numbers, a remarkable number of viewers, especially since they were filmed in Iraqi language with words. Lecture to make it feel real. It was difficult for Dabbach, whose work as a SWAT leader was widely regarded. He has been waiting for the moment of his great performance. He graduated from the Baghdad College of Fine Arts with the intention of becoming an actor. But had to escape when Saddam Hussein entered and installed his son Uday in charge of the arts. That made filmmaking a perilous career.Dabbach spent time in a Jordan refugee camp before making his way to the United States, where he found work. But mainly looking for work in the retirement home While he was in a memorable scene with Jeremy Renner in Best Picture. Locker hurts -He is the man trapped in a grenade vest asking a bomb expert to defuse his mechanism and save his life without any benefit- Mosul It’s a real show of his acting skills, and it’s a pity he has to worry about threats as he waits for the next actor.
For Carnaghan, this is just the latest of a winding and sometimes dangerous road for the film. He would love to see his actor play a role in the movie, not a threat of death.Thankfully, Netflix and AGBO received a high level of alert with the security team that had to be reactivated to assess the threat level.
“It’s been like this ever since we started filming under a boring cover title,” Carnahan told Deadline. “It’s been called all along. picnic, Since the security guards at TigerSwan say you are in Morocco, ISIS’s third largest country is Moroccan, we take every step to make sure we are safe.
Carnahan said they covered up the plot as much as possible when filming in the country, and most of them did not recognize the SWAT flag flying over an armored Humvee in a battle scene. It’s just that things get messed up on the set, and that has nothing to do with ISIS. It’s more like a gang war, ”he said.“ We were in a terrible part of Marrakech, so from that point we realized the threat came by. throughout Now the movie is released and it has the same success. It was the second highest rated movie in the world when it was released, and I just got something forward to me that said it was the eighth most popular movie on Netflix in December.I didn’t know Netflix ever thought. Is it going to be this big? I was over the moon when 101 Studios. [which acquired it after Toronto 2019 for a planned theatrical release dashed by the pandemic] Talking about getting us into 800 theaters, it feels too good to be true. The idea that these people are threatening us right now, I guess it comes with Suhail’s family territory in the Middle East will be threatened that they’ll hack his wife’s phone or Adam’s Instagram page will disappear and he will. Given these WhatsApp threats, there is no point knowing it will reach that level. On the one hand, it’s terrifying. On the other hand, we think the guy we have to hit near the house We have to hurt the rest of ISIS, or at least ISIS can settle. ”
“It would be nice if the world was aware of these people – and Shuheil was working in the retirement community when I auditioned for him, now he’s on the radar of some bad guys,” Carnahan said. Knowing the risks he was taking, I wanted Adam to be aware of the risks he was taking, and I wanted people to think about the movie and make sure there are very dangerous people who hate it. As they are watching Hating someone shows this battle by telling a story they have no control over.
“I think 48 hours after we came out in Iraq, ISIS responded to the film for 44 minutes, but with the pirated Netflix logo on top of the film. I want people to know what they do. How crazy is this movie from the start when they watch it? Yes, it’s a movie. But there is a physical risk for everyone involved, and especially those actors. Is proof of how good they are. “
Netflix provided security, and AGBO rejoined TigerSwan, their security firm that provides on-set security and technical advisors, mostly former Delta Green Berets and Foreign Legion Soldiers.
“They did everything with Shuheil and Adam and worked together to scrub and defend ourselves,” said Carnahan. “We did the best we could in the front. But there are many people who kill people with knives because they look down on Islam. It would be foolish not to be on the edge and to be a little weird. ”
Carnahan said the fear of Marrakesh was money, not political ideology.
“We were in a difficult part of Marrakesh in those scenes with narrow alleys with caves but apartments,” he said. “To film the difficult part of Marrakech you have to hire. Security guards, meaning gangs with local authority to keep people from being harassed and injured in high-end and low-end, people won’t scream during your shoot. Because that is a strategy to earn money Gun laws are very strict in Morocco, if you are caught with used ammunition, you must go to jail. So they fight with knives. There are a number of Glasgow smiles whose cuts begin in the corners of the mouth and go up to the ears? That’s how they fight. They are all high in Parkinson’s drug use, as this is where this Parkinson’s drug is made in Morocco. We were shooting there, everything was as good as it could be, and then the rival gang heard the other party getting paid. As soon as the school’s release, they brought many children from their part in the neighborhood, and they accelerated the scene. The Marrakesh police shows up, they have a riot shield. It was about 15-20 minutes on the dice. John Sweeney, Team TigerSwan executive, always said, If you feel like I grabbed you, I won’t do it until it really means that we are in a tough spot. That was the only time he grabbed me. We always have safe green room amenities. We waited there for 10 minutes and all paned out. People who want to get paid get paid, and people who have been threatened get harassed. We can continue filming “
None of the gang members are loyal to ISIS, but it turns out, “They’re the kind of gang you would see in the United States or in Michael Jackson’s Beat It video fighting with a knife,” he said. Or the American uniform, nothing that indicates the American soldier It kept us under the radar and we concealed the Humvees very carefully at night. ”
Dabbach told Deadline he is anxiously awaited the next role.The Russos have put many actors in their other AGBO movies, including a sequel to the hit Netflix. ExtractionAnd the hope is that the film will catch their attention in the award season, which qualifies for the Golden Globes as Iraqi qualifiers. Not nominated for an Academy Award for best Iraqi international film. But qualifies in all other categories
“I don’t want them to look at it from the light of foreign or Hollywood imagery,” says Carnahan, “an American filmmaker who creates films in other languages with different faces. With people and outstanding human stories. The idea that we will treat it as a foreign film, well I understand. But I’m not lobbying for that. I want people to judge this movie based on its merits and what might happen. ”
What Carnahan really wanted was for the intrepid actors in the film to use. Mosul It serves as a calling card for future roles and maybe not just a driver or a terrorist gangster.
“Nothing makes me happier than seeing these people work again and not in the talent of a war movie,” says Carnahan. “Just playing a lawyer, something is right. Completely erased from that world Especially Suhail, because that man had talents and dreams that had been awaited decades due to the country in which he was born, this madman came to power and he had to flee and the career in this generation that he was starting. Build was suspended and Over the next few decades he worked in retirement communities after living in a refugee camp in Jordan. I would really like if they could translate this popularity into further career opportunities. They’re all on the same spot, waiting for what will happen next. ”