Though Blood Diamond was a difficult movie to make, Ed says it was completely worth the effort. "It was an opportunity that I just couldn't pass up," he says. "It's like falling in love. You feel magnetized towards something and you have to do it."
He sees this movie as a way to help the country of Sierra Leone heal from what they endured. "When you think about [the end of Apartheid in] South Africa, most of all you think about truth and reconciliation," he says. "The important thing that comes out of that is you need to tell the truth—that's the only way you can prevent these things from happening again."
Ed says he never could have made Blood Diamond without the total commitment of his actors. "These guys won't talk about it but they got beat up every day, having to crawl and having to bang each other up and all the things they did," he says. "It was a remarkable dedication that you do because of something you believe in."