Eric Maddox, author of Mission: Black List #1, sat down with WRKO radio and spoke about Rob's involvement in the film. He pays Rob high compliments and mentions he met with Rob for 14 hours to talk about the project. Rob's professionalism and passion for his craft are clear in this interview with Eric. Give it a listen (YouTube is only Rob parts) and let your heart swell.
Click HERE if you'd like to listen to the whole interview. The Rob mentions are after the 11 minute mark and the 22 minute mark. Transcript of the interview is under the cut.
This is so incredibly exciting. I love how dedicated Rob is to his work. We can love his films more knowing how important roles are to him. I love how impressed Eric was as well. :')
As we know, Mission: Blacklist is at Cannes looking for financing. They were recently acquired by the following distributors:
FR stands for Front Row Filmed Entertainment, KNCC for Kuwait National Cinema Company and MENA for Middle East and North African. We'll let you know more as it develops :)
Interview transcript after the cut!
Rob mentions only:
Eric Maddox: Well, a team a couple of years ago purchased the rights of my book to turn it into a movie and they took it from there, they got a screenplay, writer Erik Jendresen, the gentleman who wrote Band of Brothers, and got a director and producers and then they just made their decision in May to have Robert Pattinson play the lead part in the movie and ...Here's the transcript of the FULL interview via SpunkRansom
Host: He's the heartthrob guy from Twilight.
Host: That is pretty awesome. I mean, did you have any say in which Hollywood stag is to play Eric Maddox?
EM: Well, they gave me the final decision. I let them do all the work...like I said, I mean... Afghanistan obviously I was very busy so I let them do what they think is best and I get the final decision and for me it was a no-brainer. I said absolutely! Whatever you did to get that guy to be a part of this movie, I think is wonderful and I fully support it.
Host: Did they have any schedule for filming, any idea when it will hit theaters?
EM: I have no idea when its gonna hit the theaters. They plan on starting the filming at the end of this year. They are currently at the Cannes Film Festival in France selling and I think its all going well. Like I said, I don't have that close hold on all the activities but I believe that is the schedule.
On meeting Rob and scouting location in Iraq, question from MaryAnn/@BellaSophia3530)
EM: They're going to be scouting locations in Iraq if they make that decision then so be it. The one major request I had is that they keep the story as authentic as possible. The director for the film is Jean-Stephane Sauvaire and he insist on it being authentic and he refuses to put any part of it that is not real and raw and true so that is one thing that they're very encouraged about and I met with Robert Pattinson for 14 hours earlier this month, right when I came back from Afghanistan and that level of commitment. I mean we're talking about a guy who is super famous and really popular and we met for 14 hours and he focused exclusively on the project and want to get down to the nitty gritty of the project and his entire focus was on the project. It wasn't about him or his needs and from that I realized that this is the guy who is dedicated to his work and wanted to put in the hours ...so that's what made me certain that they have built a right team for this.
Author of mission blacklist number one. Mr. Eric medics Eric welcome back to under review Boston.
Thank you very much and my pleasure how are you doing.
I’m doing great Eric thanks thanks for coming back on the show I believe this is you fourth appearance and there’s some. Was just blown away by that you come back to a so many times we really. Loved your book mission blacklist number one. The inside story for the search for Saddam Hussein has told — soldiers who masterminded his capture. We told about the book we’ve had Eric on. And a Eric you just returned from Afghanistan’s that was one of the great things that happened to me tell me again how many times have you been over there.
That was — here who are well. Third so to a trustee and now are you working for and took as a private contractor these days.
No I’m just civilians. With the department since. Interrogator. And at that was actually my eight interrogation to the world. Since 9/11 and Mike Burke won — asking.
While unbelievable so Eric what else happens to you in the month of may.
Well most importantly on — second my daughter was one little dramatics and very exciting. Heather. — child.
Can daughter and did you get home from Afghanistan in time for the.
I got home. Tuesday. At 6 o’clock in the evening in the — the next morning on Wednesday. Kept just.
Awesome. So that’s about as good as it gets when you have have the birth of the child can’t really beat that but then. You’re over there in Afghanistan you obviously have people working on your behalf may be selling the book. I don’t know how the process works but your book like many others before it is gonna be getting the big time Hollywood treatment tell us about this –
Well a team a couple of years ago purchased the rights of my book to turn into a movie. And they took it from there they. Our screenplay writer but air genders in the tournament who broke band of Brothers they get a director in the producers and then they just made their decision. In in May soon have Robert Pattinson played the lead. Power in the movie. Game.
He’s the heartthrob guys from twilight.
That’s pretty awesome I mean did you have any say in what Hollywood star gets to play — medics.
Well they gave me that final decision. But let him do all the work I don’t follow artists in Afghanistan obviously very busy let them. Do do what they think. Best buy its final decision for me it was in the operators is absolutely. Whatever what it needed to get that data can be a part of this news media I think it’s wonderful and are fully sported.
fabulous and I did they have any schedule for filming and — any idea — hit theaters.
I have no idea what it can hit theaters they. Plan on starting the filming a team this year that currently. At the — film festival in France selling. We — vocal and well like have that. — of hold on all the activities but I believe that it is scheduled.
That is fabulous what would you like to say to them in a mess in my in the capture of Saddam Hussein this is your opportunity. 6172666868. That’s 6172666868. That’s they reach us here at WRKO. Eric just back from another — within there’s a lot of talk. A lot of frustration I think the approval numbers riskiest in as low as they’ve been. The entire time we’ve been there. Any you — even able to give an opinion on where we stand there and and whether or not we should you know continue wanted at this kind of level.
Well I just I’m of the opinion that I I don’t have any confidence in me. Acting side. Of accomplishing. There they’re objectives I have full confidence and ability to properly trained them.
Give them the funding may need and give them the opportunity they had that opportunity for seniors and in my opinion — you’ll probably the absolutely.
Note that there — progress so funny that this. Follow if that is the situation.
Now. — had a commissioner is it’s crystal clear. 6172666868. Eric Max — is our guest is great book is called mission blacklist number one. The inside story the search for Saddam Hussein. As told by the soldiers masterminded his capture of you mentioned — you Denny deployments as an interrogator three in Afghanistan. What lessons did you learn from this whole Saddam Hussein experience because that was very early on in your interrogation experience. What lessons did you learn then you’ve been able to carry through May be. Teach the next generation of interrogators in these different deployments.
Yeah that was my first. — time interrogation nation. And the Turkey for me on the Saddam mentioned what is that. The frontlines the most. High value targets. Those individuals are on the run and hide. In many members of their network. There insurgency network also going to be — But what comes to their social networks — a lot individuals who have not they’re not hiding the — provide — logistics to — India. Support and they’re much easier to find. So he’s trying skin that cat why — after. You know following the chain up to a high value target Michael after the guys who I think that’s that’s partly — I’m just gonna go after the guys who I can — at their house and that. Exact same information they provide. The testicles support for high value target and — in every high value targets I’ve been there. That’s exactly do they have support networks have to includes the world go to market with home to provide housing. And in — it’s — to clear much easier way to find your high value target.
Remember at the time you told us. That you did it through Saddam social network and here we are a couple of years later Eric the IPO FaceBook this week and it’s his. Blows my mind that you find Saddam Hussein. Hiding in a rat hole because of you know his social network is just it’s amazing no you know almost real life. Patterns technology sometimes.
And I think it well in Indian if you look at some of you talk about social network. Find any individual. And in look at what they need — the day in day out basis.
And if you put somebody on the — I think you can find it to find the individuals on the run United States is trying to skip. The country I think it would be effective in it has been effective.
All the missions and I think in different country different platforms. Defined individuals just to have which social network I don’t. One can survive without. I’ll have to have.
Guess — Eric medics the book — mission blacklist number one he’s received the Defense Intelligence Agency director award the legion of merit the bronze star in the national intelligence medal of achievement for his key role. In the capture of Saddam Hussein this is your opportunity to speak — and it’s 6172666868. That’s 6172666868. That’s go to the phones and welcome Mike hero with Eric Maddux.
Yeah AF given the regulations and — is a great show.
Thanks Mike thanks for being part of it.
Thank you back Australia you know told we’re circling the phrase the great Barbara Obama will be ritual real world. You could go on the UPS I. Eventually balance so it was going to be on ghetto life. But yeah I mean I I can gradually you inherit — but eventually he was a — didn’t — from the get go. The way right she has a diplomat — giving you get this question and so they would — and I. I’m very angry about an illusion of what it would. Now on. Okay Obama. — English. No — Well Allen has probably already. Leah. To interrogate. Eight suspect. It was you know although — the polls. But cannot. We doing retirement what eleven — was an interrogator. Was itself — He did something the one of those I — ago trying to negotiate and shot him. We do — I don’t I don’t understand this to be changed in the so called — Conduct used to rules were some people thought about it. We’ll take — use that type of tactic. I’m gonna get that it — you know get information — was the response.
that the great question aren’t they get that question all the time been. Since 9/11 the army deployments combat erupt when he 700 interrogations. And I’ll say this I’ve never used those tactic. The mean the rules very clear. But I will say — it is my opinion I think that couple thousand of those interrogators. Many of those prisoners that interrogated. They would rather values physical. Torture against him because when you go to some social network. Now their friends called their family are in play when you have individual insurgencies. And he used his Brothers his doubles in his nephews. I’m able to find him and go after them. He knows it. And then use that again. He’s our little leverage. Every individual is — life. Put — information. Wolf most of these high value targets and criminals terrorists — let me just deal with him they’d rather be. Just torture. But I can put. The threat of going after individuals and they are saying only that they brought into the insurgency. Now that really — and open and I will put. Somebody using torture against prisoners — legal social network. Breaking into the things that mean the most to them. I would put up. Against torture any day I think — most effective so. You know the bottom line and there’s rules we have to play. In the world as important as it seems staying in day out seniors who years. A hundred years down the line our enemy is gonna use our actions against. That wasn’t the — I may have a different view in my opinion when you go to war could win. Rather rules in the world except. How does that play in the big picture. This is not short term war this radical Jihad Islamic. Radical Islamic. Situation that would deal — is not gonna go away. So we have to be very careful the way we handled business on the legal. Humane way to do it I do believe that we can crack that wide open using.
It’s it to — is you know from a civilian perspective his sons — intuitive that these animals who thought — slaughter innocent women and children. All day every day without a thought in the world. Actually still love their own families and have human emotions like that.
They actually do an Internet and really I don’t look at them is as that was. She then it’s lot of people I think I would be completely ineffective — in I think that the way that our course soldiers in the and then in the combat arms soldiers in and even in patriotic Americans who have been. You know standing by the military for — but I. I will. Cry with these guys — of them — laugh with them do everything I can’t yeah I will — though. Short of selling my soul — will do whatever I have to do you. If you want to actually Kevin’s interrogation you retain and turned. You want them. At some point we do — in the bill and we wipe out whatever group — so I can’t look at it has been. Heartless individual have to look at them and they’re human side of it in order to use that against.
It’s great to his stuff like that because we so often here. A lot of these screaming about. Gitmo and all these other things from from members in the media in the left and on the the occupied people downtown Chicago this week and so to hear it from someone is actually in the field doing is is a great thing for a listening audience. Paramedics is our guest has book mission black was number one coming to a big screen near you the story is so incredible I don’t even think Hollywood could screw this one up. The inside story for the search for Saddam Hussein has told by the soldiers. Who masterminded his capture. Let’s welcome Marion to put under review radio hero with Eric medics.
Hi good afternoon. First — you so much for your service to our country. And I I’ll hit my mind and — daughter’s — man shall. — My question is — in terms for the adaptation. Adaptation. How are — arguably actually filming and I garlic and sort UP scouting locations. Eric. I’m happy Pat Roberts and and then you that you — and Tampa approval. I actually have one on one with him.
First first question. Is that they are going to — locations in Iraq since they make that decision. And then so be. The one major. Request I — they keep the story as authentic as possible the director for the — Is individually — defaults are and he. In this part being nor did he refuse to put any part of it it’s not real raw and true so that’s one thing. I’m very encouraged about and I met. With — patents and for fourteen hours earlier this month where I got back. From Afghanistan. And that level of commitment you’re talking about a guy. Super famous really popular and the — and fourteen power vision focused exclusively on the project to get down. To the nitty gritty of the project. In his entire focus was on the project went about and what about. It needs to and from that I realize. You know look at who’s dedicated his work — put in the hours. So that’s where I’ve got. That’s what made me. Certain that they had built right.
Marianne thank you for the phone call. They Eric medics we have — special guests online. Eric medics of course author of mission blacklist number one the inside story from the soldiers. Who masterminded his capture.
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