English star Benedict Cumberbatch, who produces and stars in the upcoming film, “The Mauritanian”, says he picked up the book “Guantanamo Diary”, on which the film is based, and read it from the beginning to end.
The star claims that he was blown away by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, whose life inspires the story.
Based on harrowing events that happened post 9/11, “The Mauritanian” follows the story of Slahi (played by Tahar Rahim), who was captured by the US Government and imprisoned for years without trial at Guantanamo Bay.
It is an inspiring account of survival against all odds as Slahi fought for freedom.
“I picked the book up and read it from the beginning to end and was just blown away by Mohamedou, by his humanity and his humour, his extraordinary endurance, the fact that he came through all of this and emerged to teach us all something about the indefatigable joy of the human spirit. I was utterly charmed by him and his story was heart-breaking and troubling”, Cumberbatch said.
The cast also includes Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley and Zachary Levi.