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(2012)

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Denzel Washington was actually waterboarded during the filming of some of the torture scene, though only for a few seconds per take.
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Thanks to a clause in the contract giving Denzel Washington director approval, Espinosa wasn't fired, despite artistic differences between him and the producers. Denzel said that he wanted Espinosa to direct, and that's that, so the producers let Espinosa finish the movie.
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Safe House is the most financially successful film ever by a Swedish director.
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In an early draft of the screenplay, Matt Weston's ability to catch up to Tobin Frost was explained thusly: during his time at the CIA's academy for new agents in training, "The Farm", Frost's file was assigned to Weston as his case study. Weston had memorized Frost's history and used this data to explain to the CIA leaders where Frost would go once he was on the run. The scenes where Weston tracks down Frost in the South African township were kept for the final draft, but altered so Weston used ad hoc research skills to locate his charge.
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2010 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
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The movie was originally set in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, but the production decided not to shoot there, due to security concerns.
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The quote from Denzel Washington at 1:08:33 -- "Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O when may it suffice?" -- is from "Easter 1916" by Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
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Daniel Espinosa and actors Fares Fares and Joel Kinnaman are all good friends from Sweden.
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