We talk to the actors about their challenging roles

By Missy Schwartz
April 21, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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KHALID ABDALLA
The film made the British-born Abdalla, 25, realize that ”9/11 continues to affect our lives, [but] we don’t talk about it. It’s important to reapproach it…and get a sense of what happened.”

JAMIE HARDING
”The big responsibility for me was to get rid of whatever I feel about the incident and approach it from a sense of truth,” says the London native, 26. ”These guys believed they were doing a great thing.”

OMAR BERDOUNI
Morocco’s Berdouni, 27, worried about ”making another Muslim’s life more difficult than it already is.” But he was reassured by Greengrass’ avoidance of facile ethnic stereotypes. ”I think we’ve got the right balance.”

LEWIS ALSAMARI
The experience has ”opened up my mind to what acting could be,” says the British-Iraqi actor, 30. ”There were moments on that plane where I felt, truly, that I was taking over and almost going to kill these people. It’s a sickening feeling.”

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