Why We Love Act of Valor’s Scott Waugh


Discussing Scott Waught's next big project with him.

…and why you should by the DVD now that it’s out.

There are a number of reasons Scott Waugh isn’t a douche. An obvious one is the fact that he did this interview. We’re not the typical reviewers.How many other Hollywood types would sit down with a couple badasses our size and bare his soul?  Not too damn many, that’s the answer. Maybe none.

Michael Moore might, but only if we were laying on a plate covered in gravy.

We had the chance to pow-wow with Scott briefly at the MilBlog Conference in DC recently and walked away thoroughly impressed. He’s polite, grounded and self-effacing without coming across as falsely modest or one of those guys who works at being self-deprecating as part of their strategy. Nothing we discussed seem high-handed or contrived. He even dressed normally and has great hair. (Never underestimate the force multiplication advantage of good hair; it’s almost as important as a beard.)

Equally important, he’s not a pussy, which is a fine counterpoint to his non-douche status. He’s fit, has a good grip without being one of those guys handshake-squeeze dickheads that wants to prove he’s spent more time jerking off or using those squeeze-grip things than you. This might seem unimportant, but as you are no doubt aware we have little use for the slovenly and out of shape – he remains in shape from his stuntman days, which is also a nice contrast to some of the pallid, soft-skinned big studio pansies we’ve met in the past.

Plus, it makes it far more likely he’d survive an encounter with Michael Moore if he somehow wound up covered in gravy.

Bottom line, we love the guy. No homo.

Anyway, many people are unaware of his background as a stuntman (unless they were smart enough to read our awesome review), or his previous creative experience with the military. He was involved in projects with three branches of the service, including a Marine Corps commercial, a SWCC video, videos on Marines.com and others.

“I worked with three branches, doing advertising stuff, videos…there’s a different vibe to each of them.”

That’s how he was connected, by the way, to push forward with Act of Valor.

So, the obvious question for us was, “What’s next?”

He laughed. “We will not do another military movie next. There are several reasons for that. Now, we are working on a high speed special operations type TNT move…call it a modern day authentic sort of A-Team [the movie and series, not an Operational Detachment Alpha] movie. No cheese, using real guys in a joint..you know, combined team.”

Scott eventually cracked under the relentless pressure of our interview.

Then, suddenly he had. SQUIRREL! moment. “You know one thing that surprised me? The amount of studying the aviators have to do. They’re always studying, to stay current, preparing for their mission. It surprised me, yeah.”

Not wishing to spend too much time in praise or empathy for zipper-suited sun gods, we got him to refocus.

Asked about his next “feature film” (and we use the term wryly, since Act of Valor essentially redefined Indie filmmaking), he had no easy answer for us. It was obvious he had something on his mind, but looked like he was still chewing on it. That could mean a lot or nothing, but it was a relief (though not particularly surprising) to find out he wasn’t cashing in on his success.

“We’ve been thrown a lot of screenplays by Hollywood, but they’re anti-American so I refused. I’m. Proud American. I refuse to make something that shows the USA in a negative light. I acknowledge it’s out there, I know it exists, but why focus on the douchebags?”

That’s another reason we like Scott. He is unapologetic for making a strongly pro-American, pro-military movie. It is unabashedly patriotic, which is refreshing in a time when movies like Redacted (which was made by people who should have the decency to wash their mouth out with buckshot) won critical acclaim.

SQUIRREL! moment:  “These guys all have great stories. Some of them…You know the senior Chief is amazing…a warrior…he’s like Dennis Hopper reinvented hard.”

Back to the interview, where he did tell us about something he’d like to do in the future, but asked us not to mention it yet. We can say it will likely have its hare of action, if not at the same frenetic and ruthless pace of Act of Valor. Looking forward to it.

The DVD is coming out. We’ve seen it, and it’s worth the ducats. There are cut scenes, interviews and optional Director’s commentary. Plus it’s a bad ass movie.

Oh, here’s another reason Scott Waugh isn’t a douche. He’s a family man whose face lights up when he mentions his kids. It sounds trite, but it’s true. This may be why he has such incredible respect for the families of our war fighters.

Jim Barber just reviewed the new DVD, so check that out. Nor would it hurt to go back and watch Ward’s interview with Scott at the Conference. Also be advised that while portions of the theatrical release went to NSW related organizations, a portion of the DVD sales goes to Operation Homefront.

Last reason Scott Waugh isn’t a douche: he asked if we’d do cameo in his next project. Is a pig’s ass pork? Of course we’d do a cameo!


Mad Duo Clear.

We did have to put the Habeas Thumpus on him at one point. We're not dolls. We're action figures. Don't worry, we left him whole and intact.

  • Al

    Mad Duo cameo in a movie? Aw **** yeah.

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  • Allan

    Love the movie. Will have a copy of the dvd by the weekend. Thanks bbc for a great interview.

  • Al

    Great movie. Go so far as to say a landmark in action films. If you ain’t got a copy, buy one. Now.

  • Nick

    Nice to see a patriot out there in a see of Hollywood ***********.

  • Wayne

    Great movie, solid interview. Can’t wait to see the duo’s cameo.

  • Angela Fears

    Seems like a great guy. Can’t wait to see the movie.

  • Danny Wagner

    I loved the movie and is going to be an actual hard disk DVD I own. Not a download.

  • chris

    Great movie, just bought a copy last night so I can keep on watching – Scott did a great job directing, can’t wait to see more of his stuff!

  • Joseph dunleavy

    I take back what I said and thought about this guy ,he sounds to be a stand-up guy and not the douch I thought him to be ,not like some of the stars I have meet before ,I guess you just me see how stupid and wrong I’m to call him a douch ,I know better as I grew up if I have something to say tell them to there face .thanks for checking me .

  • jerry thompson

    Humbled is all I can say

  • JJ

    Finally caught it last night. And again this morning. Solid.

  • Joe Rhoades

    I read the book for Act of Valor, and can’t wait to see the movie.

  • King

    Awesome, dude sounds like a real guy to have a drink with, those guys are hard to come by these days… No **** x3

  • Rutager Jones

    Scott Waugh is the kind of guy who will never have to wash his mouth out with buckshot. Looks like he might have put up a decent fight at the end… for a Hollywood type.

  • J. Genest

    Starring Action Figures, at least co-starring Action Figures.

  • Gus Gonzales

    Scott Waugh is a rock, and one helluva storyteller that the American public needs from the movie making industry. Immensely enjoyed ACT OF VALOR in the theatres and several times this past week on stunning, pulse pounding high def Blu Ray disc. My eldest son ate this stuff up – as good as the movie was, I told him to pay special attention to the list of fallen NSW warriors that begin the rolling of the credits. For a young ‘un, it really helped to open his eyes to the sacrifice made to keep him and us safe. He kept asking questions about how the little baby boy in the movie wouldn’t have a Dad growing up because of how brave Rorke was. I told him that a lot of kids of all ages deal with that each day for real. It made a strong impression on him, in a way that would have been difficult for me to get across. BZ to Scott Waugh, Bandito Films and the cast and crew of VALOR. A hearty BZ to BREACH BANG CLEAR as well – keep on keepin’ on, gents!

  • Dan Sandoval

    I loved this movie. All it was missing was the Mad Duo! lol

  • tom

    we need more patriots like this in Hollywood….

  • Doug

    Pro-American movies, I’m in. After A.o.V., I think I will watch anything by Scott Waugh.

    Go Navy!

  • Griff

    Hoo Ah!!!! LOved this flick, wish there were more like it out there!

  • Benjamin Blatt

    IT would be nice if this guy represents a sea change in hollywood thinking. On the other hand, that Bradley Cooper story from earlier made me retch a little

  • Joe Blowski

    Great interview ! They need more like him in LA LA Land.

  • Eddie Peters Jr.

    Great movie!

  • jerry

    It is nice to see a movie that portrays the armed forces in a positive way

  • Matt Palumbo

    Mad Duo in an A-Team spin off? Recipe for awesomeness

  • Joe Bryant

    I have not seen it, but after what I just watched (trailer) can’t wait to rent it and or probably buy it! Thanks guys!

  • Brendan Lee

    Glad to see that a director isnt afraid to speak his mind and maintain control of his views while directing movies.
    Act of Valor was a refreshing reminder of the price we pay for freedom.

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  • Trevor

    For what it’s worth, my numero uno reason he isn’t a *********: “We’ve been thrown a lot of screenplays by Hollywood, but they’re anti-American so I refused. I’m. Proud American. I refuse to make something that shows the USA in a negative light. I acknowledge it’s out there, I know it exists, but why focus on the *************

  • Roger Morris

    Scott Rocks ! Makes his stand then tells Commiewood to come get some !

  • Vince

    I am getting the DVD next time I am in a store, cant wait.

  • Alex Baker

    “He’s like Dennis Hopper reinvented hard”

    That is the quote of the week.

  • Scott taylor

    Great American, Great Movie. Thank you Scott

  • David Mc

    About time, need to start cloning him to get Hollywood back!

  • Gregg rawson

    Great movie. Love that it shows what these men and women go thru to us safe and keep us free.

  • Justin Smith

    Great interview hopefully he does something awesome to raise the bar again!

  • Scott Knoll

    Movie was inspiring and the idea to use real operators was awesome!

  • Mary Toleson

    A GREAT movie and a GREAT guy ! He’s not too hard on the eyes either, grrrrllll .

  • John Smith

    A Mad Duo cameo? Heck yeah!! And Amen to any guy that won’t sell out just to make a buck. Don’t give in to the Hollywood suits and their money, you make the movies _you_ want to and people will come to see them. Scott seems like such an awesome guy.

  • Phil Carlo

    squared away studs

  • Nathan Rollings

    Have to admit he impressed me. Not many men have the balls to do a real interview with the Mad Duo. Well done guys.

  • Brian Kaase

    “made by people who should have the decency to wash their mouth out with buckshot.”
    That’s how you know this guy’s a bad ***.

  • Brian Kaase

    *these guys

  • rock

    Awesome movie!!!will b watching multiple times

  • Christopher Allison

    That’s awesome that he refuses to do Anti-American movies. It’s amazing how self hating so many people in this country have become. It’s so rare to see someone in Hollywood having an attitude like his.

  • Nan Taylor

    Seems like someone I would get along with. Good Job on the movie

  • William Burton

    This guy is awesome. The fast he will not make a unamerican movie makes him top of the list in my book!
    High Speed Low Drag!

  • Hoo Rah on buying the Disc, not downloading. Each purchase sends a buck to Operation Homefront through 11/30 or $100K, whichever comes first.

    Thanks for the interview and comments UTR.

    ‘scuse me. Gotta get back to the Swift boat action at the tertiary extract. Where’s my beer? Gawd I love this movie.

  • Jean Watson

    Awesome interview. Thanks Scott.

  • (FMF) Corpsman

    This was a solid movie. Who the **** cares what those who have no idea what its like to be in or around the military say about what it’s lacking. It wasn’t made for the “Hollywood scene” and these guys get it. They respect not just our service members but their families as well! Keep up the outstanding work.

  • Trevor

    Great movie! Already got the DVD, looking forward to enjoying all the special features!

    Also looking forward to seeing the Mad Duo on the big screen