Monday, February 27, 2012

Front line tickets

Here's an article about Act of Valor, a new action movie that casts current active duty Navy SEALs as its SEAL heroes. And if the poster art is any indication, shoots them to look like T-1000 from Terminator 2.

The makers of the film seem to have their own peculiar way of remembering history.

In a Washington Times interview McCoy boasted, “The Vietnam legacy has been this fog that wouldn’t lift for 40 years. And no one had the balls in Hollywood to go the other way, to say, ‘Let’s really look at the world and the men and women serving right now.’ That’s 40 years ago. Why are we still using the same ideology, this anti-military ideology?”

That's kind of a bitter pill for me to swallow. I was in high school when Top Gun came out, the top grosser of 1986 and a movie that made it look like being a Navy flier would cause a 50% growth in your penis. And as I recall, it wasn't at all the first. There had been a steady stream of recruitment-style movies for a good three years beforehand. In other words, within a decade of Saigon falling, Hollywood was going "Vietnam syndrome? Fuck that shit!"


susan said...

The first thing I thought of when I read his comment was what about Rambo? Hollywood has been making testosterone infused trash for years and I'm pretty sure some of the huge Pentagon budget helps pay for them too.

Ben said...

Those huge budgets that Cap Weinberger used to demand. Oh yeah, I'm positive you could fit a Rambo movie in there.