KABUL (Reuters Life!) - Hollywood heartthrob Jude Law finished a week of filming in wartorn Afghanistan on Thursday with a plea for world peace, if only for a day.
The twice Oscar-nominated Law came to Afghanistan to film a feature-length documentary for the Peace One Day organization which campaigns for an annual global ceasefire on the United Nations International Day of Peace -- September 21.
“It’s been an extraordinary trip,” the star of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and the 2004 remake of classic film “Alfie” told a news conference in the Afghan capital Kabul.
“This film is about documenting and seeing how peace day can save people’s lives. It’s about all of us recognizing the day.”
Afghanistan, wracked by nearly 30 years of war, is the focus of the documentary. Law and director Jeremy Gilley interviewed political, military and humanitarian leaders in Afghanistan as well as visiting schools and a refugee camp.
“The message is to recognize and celebrate a day of peace, a single day. Obviously the hope is that it will have a ripple effect on the other 364,” Law said.
Law said he had had some safety concerns about coming to Afghanistan, a country rocked by regular suicide bomb attacks by Taliban insurgents seeking to overthrow the government.
“My preconception was fed by the media and there was certainly concerns about security,” he said. “On arrival it becomes very apparent that it is very different to that. This is a country full of hope.”