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Director Doug Liman talks Tom Cruise, the 80s and American Made


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To mark the release of the unbelievable true story of American Made, The National Student sat down to talk to director Doug Liman about the absolute thrill ride of a film.

American Made tells the story of former TWA pilot Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) who finds himself caught between the CIA and the notorious Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

After being hired by the CIA to transport AK-47s to South America, then bringing the right-wing Nicaraguan Contra rebels back to the US for training, Seal makes the journeys more worthwhile for himself by making drug runs on his way back home.

The film was evidently a passion project for Cruise and director Doug Liman who were captivated by Barry’s story, and worked tirelessly to get every aspect right. The pair shared a house during filming along with writer Gary Spinelli, and even had a chore chart to keep up with housekeeping duties.

Liman spoke to us about Barry Seal’s character and his extraordinary likability, the uniqueness of this kind of story to the 80s era and Tom Cruise’s impressive flying skills. 

Watch the full interview below.

American Made is out now, distributed through Universal Pictures. Read our review of the film here.

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