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British star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has revealed that his latest war movie is so distressing he may never let his children see it.

The 27-year-old spent time training with US military personnel to prepare for his role as a sniper’s spotter in The Wall. It sees him play a beleaguered soldier who is pinned down by a crack-shot Iraqi.

Particularly disturbing scenes see him dressing a wound to his knee as he is tormented by the enemy sniper over his radio earpiece.

The actor has two daughters with director wife Sam Taylor-Johnson — Wylda, six, and five-year-old Romy. He told the Standard: “There are some things that you never want to show your family and it is probably too distressing for them to see their father suffering so much on screen. “Maybe they will discover it on their own one day when they’re older, but I obviously know that some of my work is a little too much for children.”

The movie is unique as it is the first ever “spec script” to be commissioned by Amazon, and was shot on a shoe-string budget of $3 million. A spec script is a story that has not been commissioned by a studio and is usually an unsolicited piece written by an unknown writer. The Wall was directed by Doug Liman, whose CV includes The Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs Smith and Jumper, and also stars WWE wrestler John Cena.

Taylor-Johnson added: “I prepared by spending months with marines and former war veterans, and I did some military training in Arkansas.

“We have shown the film to lots of ex-military personnel and they have praised it for its accuracy. John plays his character perfectly.”

Labels: Feature Film, News, The Wall
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