Paul Greengrass respects Kathryn Bigelow's work on 'The Hurt Locker'.

The director, who is currently promoting his Iraq war drama 'Green Zone', admits the conflict is a tough area to adapt cinematically, but is pleased at the success of 'The Hurt Locker' - which this year won the Oscar for Best Picture.

He said: "It's great that 'The Hurt Locker' was made and I'm thrilled that it's getting the recognition that it does.

"Speaking as somebody who has tried to make a film set in that part of the world, anybody else who's done one gets absolutely total respect from me.

"I think what's interesting cinematically is the emergence of 'The Hurt Locker' - and the fact it's received the critical recognition that it has. It's part of the mysterious way our culture absorbs and processes experiences that occur in the real world."

However his casting of Matt Damon has led to suggestions the movie is simply a reimagining of the pair's famous 'Bourne' movies in Baghdad.

Paul said: "It's one step through the curtain into more difficult territory because it's a real world and it's Iraq - a great place to set a thriller."

'Green Zone' was released in the UK last Friday (12.03.10).