Award-winning director Roman Polanski is best known for his riveting conspiracy thrillers like 'Chinatown' and 'Rosemary's Baby' -- and for the the decades-old scandal that's currently got him under house arrest in Switzerland. For a figure enmeshed in his own public legal battles, it's a little surprising to find him diving into the midst of another international controversy with his latest film, 'The Ghost Writer,' about a politician-in-exile who's a dead ringer -- in character, anyway -- for former British prime minister Tony Blair.

Pierce Brosnan plays the charismatic Adam Lang, who in the political thriller is painted as an ex-world leader now accused of war crimes and as acting as a "puppet" for the U.S. and its policy, particularly in the anti-terrorism realm. The actor recently confirmed as much to Moviefone's Jason Newman as well as the LA Times. He tells how Polanski gave him six photos of Blair, including one that the actor describes as a "clenched-teeth, chipmunk-style, little-boy-lost-in-the-woods, 'I didn't do it, I didn't do it,'" expression. That, Brosnan tells the Times, was the key to his portrayal of Lang as a "tragic, lost, broken man."
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