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Jon Stewart is taking a break from "The Daily Show" to direct his first feature film, "Rosewater." Little is known about the project beyond the fact that Stewart also wrote it and that it's based on BBC journalist Maziar Bahari's book "Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival" that tells the story of Bahari's 2009 capture in Iran. Stewart has now opened up about what drew him to the tale and why he decided to have this be the first movie he directs.

"I am a television person who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 a.m. and having it out there at 6:30 p.m. and moving on, so this is a little scary, yes," Stewart tells The New York Times. "One of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves, and I really connected to Maziar's story. It's »

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