Har­row­ing or­deal

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Tv - By LYNN EL­BER

EL­IZ­A­BETH Smart (pic) said it re­quired years for her to par­tic­i­pate in a movie about her kid­nap­ping or­deal.

Smart said that she couldn’t have done so im­me­di­ately af­ter her ab­duc­tion from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 at age 14. She was res­cued nine months later, and said Fri­day she was ea­ger to “run away” from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Even as an adult, Smart said it took time and se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion with pro­duc­ers for her to agree to work on Life­time’s I Am El­iz­a­beth Smart.

Smart said she be­gan to re­alise that such a project could make a dif­fer­ence. She nar­rates the drama, which stars new­comer Alana Bo­den as Smart and Skeet Ul­rich as her ab­duc­tor.

“I will say that it is the best worst movie I’ve ever seen. I mean, I think it’s so well done. I think it was ac­cu­rate,” she said. “I’m very proud of it, but at the same time, part of me thinks I’ll be happy if I never have to watch it again.”

I Am El­iz­a­beth Smart de­buts Nov 18 on Life­time in the United States, pre­ceded by a two-part doc­u­men­tary on Nov 12 and 13 that Life­time said will in­clude new in­for­ma­tion on the case and de­tail Smart’s life to­day.

A ripped-from-the-head­lines TV movie about the crime, The El­iz­a­beth Smart Story, aired in 2003.

Brian David Mitchell, a Utah street preacher, was con­victed of kid­nap­ping and rap­ing Smart and sen­tenced to life in prison. – AP

Photo: AP

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