Before all the controversy over No Easy Day and Zero Dark Thirty, there was Lone Survivor. A #1 New York Times bestseller back in 2007, Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s memoir about a failed 2005 mission in Afghanistan to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah is finally coming to the big screen this fall.
Directed by Battleship and Friday Night Lights filmmaker Peter Berg, the movie stars Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell and features Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster as his fellow SEALs.
Berg talked to the Wall Street Journal over the weekend about the film and described his commitment to the veteran organization Got Your 6.
I was always raised to have tremendous respect for the military. I did not serve in the military but it is my responsibility is to show our appreciation however and whenever we can. It speaks to culture I was brought up with. On “Lone Survivor” at any given point there were 10 vets on set….I always looked to hire vets. And not just because I’m a generous person. But selfishly, vets have turned out to be some of the hardest working people. It’s self-serving. When I was invited by Got Your 6 I had already worked with Wounded Warriors, it just seemed to make sense.
The film crew did extensive filming in New Mexico and the movie is expected in theaters on November 15th. You can check out more images from the shoot at the New Mexico film blog One Headlight Ink.