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Joshua Jackson happy on his home turf

- September 11th, 2012
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Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger arrive at the red carpet premiere of Inescapable at the Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall, Sept. 11, 2012. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

Vancouver-born actor Joshua Jackson was feeling the love from Toronto fans Tuesday night as he and longtime girlfriend Diane Kruger walked the red carpet for his political thriller, Inescapable.

And he was certainly happy to be here.

“It’s rewarding to be a Canadian actor at this festival, which is a global festival, where a film that I am a part of is being presented as equal to the best in world cinema,” the 34-year-old star of TV’s Fringe said outside Roy Thomson Hall.

Jackson plays a questionable Canadian consular official stationed in the Middle East who, along with Marisa Tomei, helps a Syrian-Canadian businessman (24′s Alexander Siddig) try to locate his daughter after she vanishes in Damascus.

“I loved the fact that (Montreal-born director) Ruba Nadda was going to do a formula movie,” Siddig said. “She’s an auteur, you’d expect her to be doing art movies only, but she decided to do a genre film and her take is really interesting. It’s like a great cover of an old favourite song. I really loved the idea that she was going down a path that had been trodden before to see what she would come up with.”

“My hope,” Jackson said, “is that just like a lot of good science fiction, this hides something from you with a simple… story. What you see when you’re going in is a digestible thriller with a heroic, sympathetic leading man and a pretty linear story. Then, what you get sucked into is a political drama set against a Syrian backdrop.”

Inescapable opens in Toronto theatres this Friday.