Lone Survivor's Marcus Luttrell On What It's Like Making A Movie About The Worst Day Of Your Life
It seems like you do watch a lot of movies. So, I have a question about the beginning of this movie. I noticed that with Dietz and Murphy and Axel, they kind of set something up, like they give you this idea of their character. We get the picture of Ron Burgundy, we get a chat with a family member, some discussion of a possibly pregnant wife, but your character does really get that kind of intro. We see him sleeping next to a disassembled gun, but thereís nothing else. Can you tell us about that decision?
Truth be told, míam, I wasnít on set when that went down and I think the way they portrayed that was more attention to the guys that has perished, that had died on the mountain. When you see them, when Taylor is walking down, obviously the Texas flag on the wall, door opens up and Iím sitting there with the pistol, thatís true to form. The Texas flag patch on my uniform, I always wore that, stuff like that, but the movie was more of a tribute to the guys who had died on the mountain than to me. Why waste that time on me when you could focus in on the guys who were really the sole purpose behind the film.
I can see that. That makes sense. Then, at the end of the film, we focus in a little on the culture of this Pashtun village, and this one man in particular who, I mean, you know, basically saved you. Can you tell us more about him?
Mohammed Gulab, yeah, heís a great man. I mean, I owe him a blood debt. Weíre still very, very close. Heís here in the States right now. I was with him the other day. He came to the premiere. Heís just a really honorable man
Is he visiting in the States or does he live here now?
No, visiting. Heís Afghani through and through. Heís just like I am with Texas. We can go somewhere else and stay for a couple of days, but after a while, you start to get that hole where youíre like I have to go back to the red dirt, you know?
Thatís who you are. Absolutely. Well, what do you hope audiences take away from the movie, Lone Survivor?
Just the fact that itís not a statement movie. Itís not supposed to be an in-your-face, "Hey, this is whatís going on, you need to pay attention kind of thing." Thatís not it at all. Itís just basically a movie abut reality of war, of how things sometimes go down and that, how hard we can fight and how we stick together as a brotherhood and just how close a team can come together for each other in times of, basically the worst time of their life. And no matter what happens, we donít leave each other and we donít quit.
Lone Survivor is open in limited release. It expands to more theaters on January 10.
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