There’s a new background clip for Michael Bay’s upcoming movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which chronicles the events of September 11, 2013 and the six military contractors saw combat that night.
In the clip, Kris “Tanto” Paronto, John “Tig” Tiegan and Mark “Oz” Geist talk about their experiences that day and the experience of having a movie made about their lives. Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black) plays former Army Ranger Paronto, Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie, lots of Law & Order) plays former Marine Tiegan and Max Martini (Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips) plays former Marine Geist. The movie also stars John Krasinki, Toby Stephens and James Badge Dale.
As Geist says, “It’s not about the politics. It’s about what happened.” While the movie is releasing on January 15th at the height of the 2016 presidential primary season, the filmmakers are trying to position the movie as a story about heroism that leaves out the politics. Since “Benghazi” has become a political buzzword on a par with “Watergate,” it’ll be interesting to see if the media and the public focus on an interesting story about the CIA and private security or revert to the same old Benghazi narrative.