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Interview with Nazreen Deller, who plays a soldier at war In "Saving Private Ryan"

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Interview with Nazreen Deller, who plays a soldier at war In "Saving Private Ryan" Interviewer: In the first scene of the feature you are fighting a battle on D day, what was it like filming this scene? Nazreen: at first it was difficult to get into character because I have no experience with weapons, to make the experience more real, Steven Spielberg, the director sent us to weaponry classes. We had extensive training learning how to handle the weapons that were used. It was definitely a scary feeling knowing that I was holding something that could take a life. Obviously the guns had no bullets but the weight of them and the sounds that they made when fired with blanks gave me a real sense of the terror that soldiers had to deal with in war. ...read more.

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As well as the camouflaged uniforms we had to carry ruck sacks containing all the supplies that soldiers would carry with them at war, including sleeping bags, food, pots for cooking and water. I was surprised at how heavy the helmets and the uniform were let alone while carrying ammunition and provisions. This experience was very tiring but we soon got used to it as soldiers in the army would have, this made filming very realistic as the actors were genuinely under stressful and tiring conditions. Interviewer: I have watched the film; I noticed a large cast was this also realistic to the amount of troops on D day? ...read more.

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Interviewer: So all in all you were happy that the performance and the monologue were realistic and true to life? Nazreen: Yes I think that combined with sound effects and good camera work the performance was very realistic, I think that it could have been improved if I had been able to talk to someone who had survived war and asked them about their feelings and experiences but I have imagined the experience as best I could, I was allowed to go back to my family often and I knew that there was no risk of my dying, these are things that the soldiers at war would not have experienced and this would have had a huge emotional effect on them. I think that this would have enhanced my performance. ...read more.

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