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October 15, 2011

The story is fictional, but the weapons and tactics are real

So too are the men.

Act of Valor started out as a training video for the Navy.

Act of Valor has an unusual backstory. The film, directed by Mike "Mouse" McCoy and Scott Waugh, started out as a training video for Navy SEALS. The Navy liked what they saw so much that they decided to turn it into a documentary.

Then, they decided to make a feature, and hired screenwriter Kurt Johnstad (300) to create a fictional story about a squad that goes on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

Every SEAL in the film, including the trailer above, is an actual US Navy SEAL.

Precedent: To Hell and Back (1955) (via Hot Air).

Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1924 -- May 28, 1971) was the most decorated American soldier of World War II. To Hell and Back is a CinemaScope war film released in 1955. It was directed by Jesse Hibbs and starred Audie Murphy as himself and Kyle Sanville. It is based on the 1949 autobiography of the same name and is an account of Murphy's World War II experiences as a soldier in the U.S. Army.[1] The book was ghostwritten by his friend, David "Spec" McClure, who served in the Army's Signal Corps during World War II.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 15, 2011 07:48 AM