The 10 minutes that makes The Mauritanian

Tahar Rahim wanted to be waterboarded for The Mauritanian. “I asked the props department to bring me real shackles, to make the cell as cold as possible,” the actor told Salon. “I wanted to be waterboarded for real, force-fed. I lost 10-12 kilos in a short amount of time.”

Blessedly, few of us will ever come even half as close to knowing what it feels like to be held at the U.S. government’s most infamous extrajudicial detention center, Guantánamo Bay. But Rahim, the astonishing actor who plays detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi in the film, out Friday, wanted to go further, to show what the camp’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” and sickeningly



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