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'Zero Dark Thirty' director: I was 'spooked' by Senate investigation

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The director of the film about the capture of Osama bin Laden sat down with Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” Tuesday. But almost immediately after taking a seat, she announced to the host, “First of all, I want to apologize for not coming on the show a couple of weeks ago when you wanted me.”

Colbert replied in jest, “Yeah, you bagged on me, baby doll.”

Last month, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.) sent two letters to acting CIA Director Michael Morell, asking the CIA to submit any documents it provided to the “Zero Dark Thirty” creators.

The lawmakers wanted to look into whether the CIA gave Bigelow and writer Mark Boal information to suggest that “coercive interrogation techniques” played a part in the hunt for bin Laden.

Bigelow explained to Colbert that the senators’ actions shook her, saying, “I’m so sorry because I was spooked by the Senate investigation. And so I really apologize. But I want to thank you for championing this movie.”

In typical Colbert fashion, he cracked, “You got it. Listen, you can’t soften up the beach that much, OK? Payback is a biatch. Here we go.”

Colbert later called “Zero Dark Thirty” a “fantastic” film and urged his viewers to see it.