From his rambling youth in Australia to his skyrocketed rise to fame after being cast in Avatar, Sam Worthington has been a man of action and emotion. In John Madden’s thriller The Debt, Worthington showcases all parts of his acting talent to play the conflicted Mossad agent David.
Director John Madden had to find two dynamic actors for each of his three main characters––one to play a young Mossad agent, then another to play that same character 30 years later. Then once cast, the actors had to contend with their other half.
Director John Madden, production designer Jim Clay and teams of craftspeople ingeniously reconstructed Cold-War East Berlin, one set at a time.
The Debt is adapted from an Israeli box office hit Ha-Hov. In keeping the story true to its roots while opening it up for a larger audience, the filmmakers have crafted a truly international thriller.
From the 1948 spy movie Berlin Express to John Madden’s 2011 thriller The Debt, East Berlin has been a film destination for intrigue, espionage, and political tension. We take a look at how this European capital has changed in the decades since Berlin was divided after the end of World War II.
In adapting the Israeli thriller Ha-Hov into The Debt, John Madden enters the cinematic tradition of remaking foreign language films for English-speaking audiences. We look at some of the best foreign language adaptations, from transforming Kurosawa into an American western to popularizing Japanese horror.