Smart fi­nally ready for a movie

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BEV­ERLY HILLS, Calif. — El­iz­a­beth Smart said it required years for her to par­tic­i­pate in a movie about her kid­nap­ping.

Smart said

Friday 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 that 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 re­al­ize that such a project could make a dif­fer­ence. She nar­rates the drama, which stars 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,” Smart 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.”

Smart took ad­van­tage of her ap­pear­ance at a TV crit­ics’ meet­ing to pro­mote Am­ber Alert, de­signed to help lo­cate miss­ing chil­dren with alerts dis­trib­uted through me­dia, email and other means.

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

A 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 was sen­tenced to life in pri­son.


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