Last spring filmmaker Peter Sattler drove to Kristen Stewart's Los Angeles home with a box of books and documentaries about Guantanamo Bay. A few days earlier she'd agreed to star as a U.S. soldier in "Camp X-Ray," named for a real War on Terror encampment, and Sattler wanted to share some of his research.
"I handed Kristen the box and she picked through it and said, 'I already have all these and, actually, I have some for you to look at,' " Sattler recalls. "From the very beginning, Kristen was really into this character. She had not made a movie in two years and, when I talked to her about that, Kirsten said she needed to do something that matters, something that demands she make it."
Sattler shot "Camp X-Ray" in 21 days over the summer at an abandoned facility for delinquent boys in Whittier (Los Angeles County). Besides bearing considerable resemblance to the actual prison compound in Cuba, the location offered an additional benefit, Sattler explains.
"It's on 70 acres and all fenced off, so it was great for Kristen. She could walk around and focus on the work without having to worry about some paparazzi guy with a telephoto lens trying to take her picture."