"I saw my character as an operator in the Middle East. He was trying to do his job in the higher moral context that his boss wanted him to and there was this great conflict that was set up in the book adapted by Bill (William Monahan) that was in this script. There's this dilemma that this character has where he's asked consistently to do things he doesn't believe in for the betterment of his country and this War on Terror," DiCaprio says. "Simultaneously, he is accustomed to the Middle East and their cultures."
There is a love element as well as a professional connection that shapes Roger's driving force and compassion for the region. "He meets up with this Jordanian intelligence officer who he grows to respect and wants to do the best job he possibly can, and he's being manipulated by both sides," DiCaprio says.
DiCaprio's Ferris meets a local nurse in Jordan with whom he takes an interest. The love story may only simmer and is appropriately reserved for the culture.
Body of Lies serves as the quintessential suspenseful spy escapade. "Besides being a great political piece that is pertinent to this time, it is fantastic cat and mouse espionage thriller that warps on its own," DiCaprio says.
DiCaprio performed most of his own stunts in Body of Lies and learned the local language. "We had an Arabic coach that was really helpful, more so than any accent. You have to be so exact with the Arabic dialects. It was really difficult to do to tell you the truth. One of the most difficult things I've had to do language-wise," he admits.
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