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More on Navy SEALS film, Act of Valor

Theweek.com has further details on Act of Valor, the Navy SEALS film picked up by Relativity for 2012 release that stars actual members of that elite sector of the military.
What is the film?
Called Act of Valor, it will tell the story of a SEAL squad on a mission to find a kidnapped CIA agent and take down some terrorists. The main themes are said to be "that a SEAL's work is never done and that it involves extraordinary talent and dedication."

Why was the Navy so cooperative?
For one thing, it gets to keep the raw footage for promotional purposes. But the main reason is that it was the Navy that conceived the project in the first place. After Sept. 11, the Defense Department sought to beef up its special-operations forces, which meant adding 500 SEALs to the existing force of 2,450. Capt. Duncan Smith, a SEAL spokesman, launched PR and recruitment efforts, and decided a feature film about the SEALs would help. He got proposals from several filmmakers, and the Bandito Brothers, who had previously worked on Navy commercials, won.

Who are the SEALs featured in the film?
Fourteen SEALs near the end of their deployment years were selected for the cast. Initially, all said no. "That actually reassured me that I picked the right men," Smith says. "They joined the SEALs to get real work done, not be in Hollywood movies. But they were told this would be a legitimate task." For security and anonymity reasons, the SEALs' real last names will not be featured in the credits.

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EdGross
6/15/2011
The Week

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