Clive Owen and Naomi Watts take on large-scale corruption in the globetrotting thriller ‘The International,’ in theaters now, and the stars tell ET that it was quite an adventure filming in such far-flung locations as Istanbul, New York, Milan and Berlin — especially since Naomi just had a child three months before filming!
“I had just had a baby, so it was quite an adventure for me, traveling with my new baby everywhere,” Naomi tells ET of her first child with actor Liev Schreiber, Alexander. “[On night shoots] I had to express milk and send it back to the hotel and then feed him all day long, so it was tough — I didn’t get a lot of rest.”
And rest is a luxury Naomi still covets, having just delivered baby No. 2, Samuel Kai, a little over two months ago. “The sleep deprivation is unbelievable,” she says. “I mean, everybody tells you about it, and I was always someone who probably only slept six or seven hours a night anyway, but it’s just when it’s the broken sleep, that’s hard — [but] one little smile … sends you out the door with a whole lot of energy.”In ‘The International,’ Clive plays an Interpol Agent who teams up with Naomi’s Manhattan Assistant District Attorney to bring one of the world’s most powerful — and corrupt — banks to justice when they discover that it is financing terror and war.
“It’s very much based on those ’70s paranoid political thrillers, you know?” says Clive. “It’s a huge entertaining thriller that literally travels the world.”
A key confrontation of the film takes place at one of the most iconic museums in the world, and Clive reveals, “The Guggenheim shootout was extremely physical, and took a very long time to film. It was two different sets: a complete replica of the whole rotunda — to scale — was built in some huge hangar outside of Berlin, and then the whole lobby area was recreated exactly as it is in the Guggenheim, and then we got in the real place [in New York].”
“I have no interest in trying dangerous stunts myself,” adds Naomi, whose stunt double was injured while filming one of the film’s incredible chases. “It was hard enough lying on a cold piece of road — that’s a stunt as far as I’m concerned.
Source: Entertainment Tonight