“I was at a wig-fitting. I was doing a French Foreign Legion film, and I was going out to North Africa, Morocco. We’d just done ‘Black Hawk Down,’ and they shelved that immediately. There were a lot of war films that year being made. A lot of work was being done in North Africa. Everyone had started panicking. And I was executing holy men in a scene three days later in a mosque in Morocco. It was a thing called ‘Simon, French Foreign Legion Deserter’ it ended up being called. So it was a very odd situation to be in because there I was playing a soldier in North Africa. We had a plane on standby to get us out if anything kicked off.
Immediately, it was a life-changing event. I have friends who serve, I have a lot of friends in special forces, I have very, very close friends who deal in very serious operations all over the Middle East that were affected post-9/11 … I’m still really thrown by the loss and the amount of people on that day, and that whole situation, to be honest.
I’m a bit thrown. I’ve got friends who were in the building, in the twin towers. I have friends who are servicemen, what can you say?”