Terror team’s new world war
GThe driving force of the show is a British military unit known as Section 20, which pulls out all the stops to capture Pakistani terrorist Latif.
Unlike 24, where terrorist plots were primarily foiled on US soil, Strike Back follows the scent to India, Chechnya, Prague and London – all filming was done in South Africa and Budapest – with a pair of brawny daredevils at the centre of the action.
‘‘We go to those countries where the trouble comes from. This is what global war is today,’’ says director Dan Percival, who moves to drama from documentaries including Dirty War.
Based on the novel by Chris Ryan, Strike Back was first a British series that caught the eye of US network HBO. They asked Percival for a remake that reflected ‘‘the real world as it is now’’, he says.
Research with members of the intelligence community in Britain and the US convinced Percival that ‘‘the instability of Pakistan is the most critical and volatile issue in the world’’.
The reality of the situation was frightening enough, but Strike Back still LOBAL terrorism in the era of the bin Laden raid is the backdrop for the new US series Strike Back.
stars Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester. needed heroes and villains. Australian Sullivan Stapleton and American Philip Winchester were chosen for the battle.
Stapleton, most recently seen here in Underbelly Infiltration, plays Damien Scott, an ex-Delta Force operative with terrorist expertise. Winchester is Sergeant Michael Stonebridge, a Section 20 lifer.
They are opposite sides of the same coin. The rugged Scott is a brash womaniser who does some of his best work without benefit of his trousers; the squarejawed and aptly named Stonebridge does everything by the book while fully dressed.
Both underwent rigorous military-grade physical training.Winchester had to ingest a 4000 calorie-a-day diet to balance the workout regimen, kicking off with a six-egg omelette for breakfast.
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