The making of ‘The Hurt Locker’ with director Kathryn Bigelow

"Hurt Locker" screenwriter Mark Boal remembers running around the Jordanian desert with director Kathryn Bigelow, watching her scale hills in 115-degree heat to set up shots for their modestly budgeted film. By the end of the day, when everyone else was exhausted, Bigelow would look like she was just beginning her morning, raring and ready to go shoot the next scene.

"She's got those Viking genes," Boal says. "I'm serious. They live forever, those people. It's the Viking genes and a whole lot of salmon."

Bigelow celebrated her 58th birthday last month but looks at least 20 years younger. She's clearly not someone you'd want to challenge to any kind of endurance test. Boal once joked that in her spare time, Bigelow liked to "make quilts and plant daffodils." When told of Boal's remarks, Bigelow laughs long and appreciatively and says, "That's a good one."

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