There’s no such thing as a typical Doug Liman movie. The creative filmmaker has an eclectic back catalogue that contains the likes of Swingers, The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow, and now he’s teamed up with Tom Cruise yet again for American Made, and we had the pleasure of chatting to him when promoting the feature in London.

Having only recently chatted to Liman, for The Wall, the prolific director has since turned his attention to a electrifying real-life narrative concerning Barry Seal (Cruise) – a pilot co-employed by the CIA and Pablo Escobar. We asked Liman about the fascination audiences seem to currently have with the Colombian drug-lord, and why he felt this story hadn’t been told before.

He also discussed maintaining his indie sensibilities, and taking risks in his craft – while we couldn’t help but ask about another collaboration with Cruise, as they team up again for Edge of Tomorrow sequel Live Die Repeat and Repeat.

Watch the full interview below…


Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House.

American Made is released on August 25th