Mucho. You will be trained half to death to keep you safe (so that you don’t unnecessarily risk the other half), but still. You’re a spy. It is basically your job to be breaking the laws of the nations in which you are performing your subterfuge. Not that you’re driving recklessly or jaywalking or anything, but they wouldn’t really appreciate you deceiving its citizens out of national security information either. And some of those foreign countries don’t deal with spies as kindly as others. Even if you are an action junkie, trust us – you don’t want any of the following – nor anything that happens in Leo’s Body of Lies - to happen to you:
• Waterboarding. A captor pours water over the head of a victim whose face has been covered with cloth – this creates a drowning sensation. As you might guess, drowning is one of the average person’s greatest fears. Public speaking is another one, but not too many captors will make you get up and speak in front of a packed house in order to get information out of you.
• Electric Shock. It is not fun to get zapped. The electric batons that are generally used don’t just get you in places like the arm or leg, either. These torture devices will often be inserted in such unsavory places as a victim’s mouth or genitals. Shocking.
• Burning. Ever accidentally set your hand down on a hot stove? Imagine being forced to keep it there for a while. Captives will often have hot irons, lit cigarettes – you name it – pressed against their naked flesh until it has been seared to a crisp.
• Force-feeding. A captor does not simply feed you hamburgers and hot dogs until you feel stuffed. Instead, tubes are jammed down your throat (sometimes the tubes themselves tear apart internal organs) and then a variety of chemicals, boiling water or other unpleasant liquids are funneled into your system. Check please.