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John Stewart’s New Drama ‘Rosewater’ Hits Theaters Friday


The infamous host of The Daily Show, John Stewart, will see his first theatrical project open on big screens across America this Friday. Rosewater follows the story of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian author and journalist, who was detained and tortured in Iran for four months in 2009 under the assumption that he was in contact with an American spy. Bahari had participated in an interview on Stewart’s Daily Show earlier that year that covered the upcoming Iranian presidential election, and so his imprisonment was based on the assumption that he was keeping tabs on Iran’s political leaders and then leaking the information. Since his release, Bahari has written a memoir about the ordeal titled Then They Came For Me, which has now been adapted for the big screen by Stewart and will open in theaters this weekend. The title Rosewater comes from one of Bahari’s torturers, who Bahari never actually saw but remembered that the man smelled of rosewater. Bahari is portrayed in the film by Gael Garcia Bernal (Amores Perros, The Motorcycle Diaries), and Kim Bodnia (Pusher, Bleeder) as Rosewater, with Dimitri Leonidas and Haluk Bilginer also among the supporting cast. Check out the trailer here on MADE, then go check it out this weekend!