||- We face betrayal by Kuwait.
||Now is not the time for disharmony.
||I demand absolute loyalty from my generals.
- Your excellency?
||- Please leave the room, by the door behind you.
||Ours is a political drama, it tells a political
||But it's also a personal drama and a personal
||- Alex wrote an amazing drama. It is genius.
- The image we have of Saddam is set for us
||by the newspapers and the media, and I've heard
these scripts just dug right behind that.
||- It's trying to explore the private life
of Saddam Hussein.
||- The stuff that we would never know about,
never hear about.
||- All the corners, the hidden corners.
- May I present to you the victory arch.
||- It's a bit small.
||- The more I looked into it, the more fascinated
I became in the set of characters
||and relationships, that swirled around this man.
He surrounded himself with a family.
||Everybody that was around him was related.
- They are my blood. You understand?
||And I know a traitor before he knows himself.
- When you are close to power, you can never
||have real friends. The friend of yesterday is the
enemy of today.
- Through his inability to trust,
||Saddam actually ends up, becoming more and more
||- Now look what you're left with!
||Men who are nothing but afraid of you.
||Sajida, my character, and Saddam they were
in love. They were raised together,
||and he betrays her.
- My character introduces Saddam to his second
- Who's the blond?
||Sajida knows what's going on, and then when she
feels the threat,
||she turns herself blond.
- You changed your hair.
||- Do you like it?
- It looks cheap.
||- She's the factor that kind of unsettles the
||- Saddam having a second wife, having a second
||means Uday's position, is possibly put into
||- What if he married her because she was pregnant?
What if they have a son?
||He will be a firstborn.
- Uday is jealous of people that spend a lot
||of time with Saddam, and gain credit in
||- You're Baba's little son, but Baba won't always
||- Uday was a pretty unhinged character, who
thought nothing of,
||shooting people who disagreed with him.
- Saddam knew that Uday was going to garnish
||his image in front of the inner circle.
- And he still didn't do anything.
||- I'll speak to Baba.
||- He should know how Uday is behaving.
- Don't you think your father already knows?
||It will make no difference.
||- The story seemed something of a saga. It was
this swirling set of relationships
||within this very intense and very closed in
||- I think Alex understood the question of honor,
the question of family.
||- It's a great, big Shakespearean tale.
- We haven't been weakened by war,
||we've been enhanced!
- I was sort of thrilled 'cause I was
||seeing a side of Iraq, a side of Saddam Hussein,
a side of the family, I've never seen before.
||- This is my country.