Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Iraq: Hollywood on the Tiber

This from the BBC:

Spider-Man star Kirsten Dunst is to play US aid worker Marla Ruzicka, who died in a suicide bombing in Baghdad, in a new Hollywood movie about the Iraq war.
It will be made for Paramount Pictures after it acquired the rights last year, says industry newspaper Daily Variety.
Ruzicka, 28, worked in Afghanistan and Iraq trying to document the number of civilians killed or hurt by US forces.
The movie follows a glut of Hollywood films depicting the war in Iraq due to open over the coming months.
Films set for the big screen include No True Glory: The Battle for Fallujah, starring Harrison Ford, and Jarhead, starring Jamie Foxx and Jake Gyllenhaal. ...

For more on Marla as she was before Hollywood got a hold of her, see:

Shadowland: Angel of Mercy, 19 April 2005
Marla Ruzicka was one of a kind. The Baghdad death of the unorthodox young aid worker has devastated those who knew her. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7561275/site/newsweek/

and this from October 2003:

Shadowland: War by the Numbers. The United States may spend a billion dollars to find phantom weapons. What about laying to rest the ghosts of Iraqi civilians?

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