THE GREAT WALL

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“He knows noth­ing but war,” Matt Da­mon says of his mer­ce­nary char­ac­ter, Wil­liam, in the 12th-cen­tury drama The Great Wall. “He’ll fight for any­body who pays him.” In this case, he’s en­listed by a se­cret or­der of the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment to bat­tle mon­sters. “For the first time, he sees there might be some­thing greater than just his own per­sonal gain to fight for,” Matt says. Di­rected by Zhang Yi­mou (Raise the Red Lan­tern), the epic also stars Willem Dafoe as Sir Bal­lard, an English teacher who teams up with Wil­liam to try to es­cape from the army that has im­pris­oned him on the Great Wall. Shot on lo­ca­tion in China, the film was a huge hit there. [PG-13]

“Wil­liam is an ex­tremely

ca­pa­ble fighter,” Matt says. “He’s like a Delta Force guy from 1100.”

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