Oscar winner Charlize Theron was stunned by the real life soldiers who starred in her new movie, after doubting whether they would be good enough to be in the film. Director Paul Haggis decided to recruite U.S. soldiers recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, for The Valley Of Elah, the real life story of the murder of a soldier. Theron admits she had reservations they could match up to the talents of her and co-stars Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones - but was blown away by their talent. She says, "Paul said, 'Trust me', and I did. "They showed up and I was blown away. I couldn't tell the difference between the actors and the real soldiers. "It was really great and amazing. Amazing actors and I think I know why. I think that all of this is still so fresh for them. That was really what this work was about, it was just the truths of their lives. I think that really helped."