Some movies pack the potential to start a national dialogue on a given topic, or at the very impact the actors involved in the production.
It appears making Lone Survivor had a profound influence on Taylor Kitsch.
The Battleship star plays one of four Navy SEALs trying to fight off wave after wave of Taliban fighters, a harrowing battle based on retired Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell’s 2007 best-seller. Kitsch cuts through the chatter regarding political stances on modern warfare in an interview with Fox News, using his experience getting to know the Navy SEALs who helped bring the story to life to shape his world view.
We’re all guilty of being in our own bubble but doing a film like this, it grounds you. It makes you take a hard look in the mirror at the opportunities you have and the relationships… Audiences need to realize that these men don’t start the war; they just go and fight it. It doesn’t matter what side you’re on politically, everyone should be pro-soldier.
Lone Survivor will be released in New York and Los Angeles Dec. 25 before opening wide Jan. 10, 2014.