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or veterans and service members, receiving thanks on Veterans Day, or on any day for that matter, can elicit a wide range of emotions or reactions. Some may respond with a genuine smile, others may give an awkward and humble nod. The reasons for why are as varied as the reactions and as diverse as the veterans being thanked, which raises an important question: On Veterans Day, how do we honor the men and women who have taken this oath and served our country and the American people? Task & Purpose posed this question to our network of contributors, specifically asking, How should people thank you for your service? Here’s what they said. “It can be frustrating to be thanked for my military service for a few reasons, but often it’s because there’s no easy, conversational response. Normally when someone says, ‘Thanks for XYZ,’ I can just

say, ‘You’re welcome.’ But in this case that sort of rings flat. If people could just find a way to make it easier and more conversational to respond when they thank a veteran for their service, that would be pretty awesome.� —Kevin Bell, U.S. Army veteran “Listen when I share my stories and ask questions. Don’t be afraid to offend, veterans aren’t shrinking violets. We’re pretty hardcore. And if you want to buy me a beer, I wouldn’t turn that down.� —Stephanie Christopher, U.S. Army veteran “Welcome home with a handshake is enough for me. Please do not place me on a pedestal.� —Ryan Kaufman, U.S. Army veteran “I understand the sentiment and the desire to convey appreciation. Rather than thank me, however, I would prefer people to take moment and think about the original November 11, in 1918. After a horrific campaign, the endless shelling, gassing, and gunfire ceased at 11 am, replaced with the first silence that the battlefields of World War I had heard in four years. Think of the shock and limitless thankfulness the soldiers felt as they heard birds chirping, something we hear


and take for granted every day. They had survived hell, and could be reunited with their families. These men carried the scars of war with them forever, as do veterans of all conflicts.� —Angry Staff Officer, U.S. Army National Guardsman “The best way people can thank us for our service is by engaging the military and veterans communities in meaningful ways. Recognizing their sacrifice and taking meaningful action to ensure that the promises made to us when we entered service are kept.� —Shawn VanDiver, U.S. Navy veteran “Getting prescriptive about how people should thank me is stifling and unhelpful. I appreciate gratitude no matter how it’s conveyed.�—Lydia Davey, U.S. Marine Corps veteran “With regards to being thanked for my service, no one should be under any obligation to do so. If they want to, that’s fine, although ask about my experiences, the people, the conditions. The real, honest stories we share truly help people understand a concept so foreign (literally and figuratively) to them. If they truly feel the need to thank and support service members, I

would encourage them to find a veteran’s group or organization and help them out however they can.� —Kyle Dykstra, U.S. Army veteran “I’m partial to a short and quick ‘thank you.’ Even though Veterans Day is about the living veterans, I always feel like the ones who lost their lives should still be recognized for their valor and sacrifice. I’d encourage people to make an effort to extend some kind of help to the veterans who could benefit from something as small as a tip on how to improve something, or extending an invitation to participate in some kind of gathering or event.� — Jason Callahan, U.S. Navy veteran “I think the best way to thank veterans for their service is to earnestly say thanks. We don’t want anything special, after all we did volunteer. The wars of the last decade have been unprecedented in their effect on veterans, and simply knowing that those whom we have served and protected appreciate it really goes a long way.� —Mike Grice, U.S. Marine Corps veteran “When asked how to someone should thank me for my service, I THANK YOU, continued on Page 9

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n theaters from director Donovan Marsh and Summit Entertainment is the intense military thriller “Hunter Killer.� Gerard Butler is first-time-out submarine Capt. Joe Glass, and this isn’t a run of the mill outing he is about to go on. There is something happening in Russia that has sunk two submarines and Washington wants answers. There are four parts to the film that come together as Capt. Glass looks for the subs, Navy SEALs Donovan Marsh put boots on the ground, the Russians are playing their own game and Washington looks at the political ramifications if one more thing pushes everyone over the brink. That’s were good directing comes in, and Donovan Marsh was given that task being part of the film industry since 1992. Marsh has put himself on the map with his award winning film “Spud,� which

Gerard Butler commands a submarine as Capt. Joe Glass in “Hunter Killer.�

won at the South African Film and Tele- ues.� He is also in pre-production for the vision Awards. That was followed by the film “Valhalla,� and I cannot wait to see sequel, “Spud 2: The Madness Contin- it. Writing, editing and producing, along with directing, means Marsh is someone who doesn’t shy away from good film and television making. I had the chance to speak with Donovan Marsh about “Hunter Killer.� He speaks of keeping the film authentic while enjoying a ride aboard the U.S.S. Houston for a bit of research. Jeri Jacquin: I’m going to jump right in and ask what was it like to direct four different stories in one film? Donovan Marsh: Oh, you are correct about that and it’s very difficult to not get distracted with different points PRESERVE, LAKESIDE of view. It’s a matter of taking these four points of view and finding out if there is a way to cut them while ratcheting up the action. That was a real job during the editing. It was a matter of choosing and knowing where I wanted the audience to be looking without distracting them too much. I think the editor did a fantastic job of that. JJ: Was it difficult for you to do each of those things? I mean, one minute




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your dealing with the Russians, then off to the politics of Washington, etc.? DM: We divided it into subsections and were very methodical about it. I was able to focus on each of them exclusively for a couple of weeks at a time. We did two weeks in the submarine and a week in “Russia,� which actually was Bulgaria and it is carefully scripted. If you have a plan and know what you are doing it becomes all about where do you want the audiences attention to go and who’s point of view has the most tension at the time you are watching. JJ: You have such a stellar cast in each section of the story you are telling. Gary Oldman and Common together, what an interesting choice. DM: Yes, you couldn’t get two more different actors. Gary is an Oscar-Winning actor for “The Darkest Hour� and Common is a musician who brings a warmth, energy and naturalism to his performance. It is interesting to watch their contrast in the war room scenes. It was quite a magical thing and I am HUNTER KILLER, continued on Page 11




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With the Chargers sitting in second place in the AFC West with a 5-2 record at the midseason point, we decided to take a look into the future — specifically the 2019 NFL Draft. Although the 2018 season is in full swing, Pro Football Focus (PFF) writer Steve Palazzolo recently put out his second mock for the 2019 draft. In this article we will focus not only on Palazzolo’s predictions for the Chargers, but the entire AFC West. Since putting out his first mock following week three, much has happened to change Palazzolo’s outlook for the division. For instance, the Raiders now have three first round picks as a result of trading receiver Amari Cooper to the Cowboys and with the Chargers riding a five-game win streak, he has the bolts picking No. 28 in the first round following a postseason berth in his second mock. In his first mock he listed the Chiefs as the only team making the playoffs from the AFC West, picking at No. 30 in the first round. With Philip Rivers entering the final years on his contract and running back

Melvin Gordon proving to be one of the top ball carriers in the league, Palazzolo has the Chargers selecting an offensive lineman in both mocks. It is no secret the Chargers are going all in to not only give Rivers a shot at playing in a Super Bowl, but more importantly, to establish




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son is a do-it-all safety who can play center field, in the box or in the slot, all leading to the top grade among safeties at 92.0 overall. No. 14 (from Chicago) — Brian Burns, Edge, Florida St. The defensive trifecta is completed by adding Burns, who currently leads the nation with 51 total pressures and adds a much-needed athletic edge defender to Oakland’s front-seven. In his first mock prior to the Cooper trade, Palazzolo had the Raiders picking at No. 7 and No. 15 in the first round. Mock I. No. 7. Denote Thompson, S, Alabama. One of the breakout stars early in 2018, Thompson has shown that he can be a do-it-all safety, from playing deep zones to covering the slot to playing in the box. His 93.3 overall grade leads all safeties through four weeks. No.15. (From Chicago Bears). Quinen 2019 DRAFT, continued on Page 8

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t. Cesar Mize became the first Anti-Submarine Warfare/ Anti-Surface Warfare (ASW/ SUW) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) in the Navy Reserve during a ceremony here Oct. 26. Capt. Joseph Cahill, director of Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC’s) Sea Combat Division administered Mize’s oath of office into the Navy Reserve. “I’m thrilled to be part of this tremendous team of young officers raising the Combat capability of Naval Surface Forces,� said Cahill. “Cesar’s exceptional skills, qualifications, and experience as an ASW/SUW WTI make him a critical asset to the Nation. As the first Reserve ASW/SUW WTI, Lt. Mize will continue to play a vital role for our Navy and our Nation. He is the first of what will eventually be many ASW/SUW WTI’s who choose to continue to serve as reserve enablers after they transition from active duty.� Mize served under Cahill’s command aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), completing a 5th and 7th Fleet deployment in 2018. “It’s exciting that the Navy is investing in our tactical talent. I’m tremendously excited to join the reserve component of SMWDC,� said Mize. “The ability to surge a tactically lethal surface warfare force in wartime

Capt. Joseph Cahill, right, director of Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center™s (SMWDC) Sea Combat Division administers a commissioning oath to Lt. Cesar Mize, Oct. 26.

is critically important. This reserve force will continue to rigorously train, learn, and teach to be able to answer the nations call at a moment’s notice.� Currently there are five reserve units at SMWDC, corresponding to the headquarters and its four divisions. Mize is one of three reserve SWOs qualified as a WTI. The others are qualified as Integrated Air and

Missile Defense (IAMD) WTIs. While the three reserve WTIs earned their patches on active duty and later transitioned into the Navy Reserves, SMWDC is on track to expand WTI training and qualification opportunities to highly motivated reserve SWOs who demonstrate exceptional tactical skill and potential. SMWDC reserve component recently

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WWII MARINE VETERAN FINALLY COMES HOME MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, California — Pauline Stewart was 13 years old and sitting in class, when a teacher stated that a “military man� wanted to speak to her. This is how the now 82 year old, remembers the day when she received the news about her brother’s death, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Millard Odom. In November 1943, Odom was a member of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 1st Marine Division, and landed at Tarawa, a part of the Gilbert Islands. The battle of Tarawa lasted approximately 72 hours killing roughly 1,000 Marines and Sailors and wounding more than 2,000. Odom was born on Aug. 21, 1917 in Batesville, Arkansas, and died at the age of 26. Odom was identified, Aug. 20, 2018 and was killed on the first day of the battle, November 20, 1943 during World War II. After retrieving his remains, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recovered Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) samples on August 2, 2018, and Odom’s DNA was a match with his sister and his niece. To further confirm his identity, they tested 25 of his teeth, finding out he had early signs of scoliosis.

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Pauline Stewart, sister of World War II veteran U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Millard Odom, hears the details about her brother’s death in Vista.

The family grieved in silence, holding their breath as they took it all in. The skeletal remains, DNA samples and finding out he had scoliosis (because it runs in the family) made it clear to his family and the DPAA that it was Sgt. Odom. It was initially reported at Tarawa that Odom was killed by a gunshot wound to the neck, but after further in-

vestigation, determined that he was in fact killed by a ballistic injury possibly caused by explosives. U.S. service members who died in Tarawa were later buried in cemeteries on the island. Odom was thought to be buried in Cemetery 33, but the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company who conducted remains recovery operations on Betio, Kiribati, between 1946 and 1947, stated Odom’s remains were not identified. The unidentified remains found on Tarawa were sent to the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory, Honolulu, Hawaii, for identification in 1947. By 1949, the remains that had still not been identified were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. On Feb. 27, 2017, DPAA dug up Tarawa Unknown X-273 from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and sent the remains to the laboratory. Scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner identified Odom’s remains. Odom’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Punchbowl in Honolulu, along with the others killed and lost in WWII. Stewart’s spirit was lifted knowing that her brother had finally been identified, and experienced closure almost 70 years after first learning of her brother’s ultimate sacrifice to his country. Sgt Odom will be fittingly buried later this year. Stewart said, “I’m not going to die yet, not until I see my brother again.� The DPAA continues to strive to fulfill our nation’s obligation in accounting for missing personnel around the world, and provides timely and accurate information to their families. More than 400,000 service members died during WWII and roughly 72,000 service members are still unaccounted for, but not forgotten.

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Williams, DI, Alabama. Another breakout star for the Crimson Tide, Williams is currently the highest-graded interior defensive linemen, has been dominant against the run and he’s gotten after the quarterback with an 89.3 pass-rush grade that ranks sixth in the country. He adds a much-needed playmaker to the Oakland defensive line. Denver Broncos — Despite finishing a disappointing 5-11 in 2017, the defense ended the season ranked fifth against the run (84.9 yards per gm.). However, sitting at 3-5 with a defense currently ranked 27th against the run (135.75) and 22nd in total yards per game (373.25), Palazzolo has the Broncos bolstering the defensive front rather than quarterback in his second mock. Mock II. No. 9. Dexter Lawrence, DI, Clemson. Few interior defensive linemen can stop the run and push the pocket quite like Lawrence and he has three straight years in which he’s graded between 84.0 and 90.0 in the PFF system. Mock I. No 21. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia. The second quarterback off the board, Grier is one of the best downfield throwers in the country and he’s the highest-graded quarterback in the nation at 94.1 overall. With one more year of Case Keenum under contract, the Broncos are one of few teams around the league that is still in the market for their future signalcaller. Los Angeles Chargers — As stated above, Palazzolo has the Chargers adding depth to the offensive line in both mocks. Mock II. No. 28. Tyler Biadaasz, C, Wisconsin. Biadasz can play multiple positions on the interior and he’s an excellent all-around center, grading at 80.9 overall this season. Mock I. No. 20. Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss. Little still has room to grow, but he’s continued to progress since being a fivestar recruit. This season, he’s allowed only two pressures on 130 attempts, and he can start right away in Los Angeles on the right side. Kansas City Chiefs –- Sitting a top the AFC West with a 7-1 record, the defense is clearly the Achilles heel to its highpowered offense. Currently ranked 29th against the pass (304.75), 25th against the run (127.63) and 31st in total yards per game (432.38), Palazzolo believes the Chiefs will target an impact defensive player in the draft next April. Mock II. No. 31. Taylor Rapp, S, Washington. Defensive playmakers are needed in the Kansas City secondary, and Rapp has the ability to cover tight ends, slot receivers or running backs, all leading to an 89.1 coverage grade, good for seventh in the nation this season. Mock I. No.30. Jerry Tillery, DI, Notre Dame. Kansas City must start rebuilding their defense and Tillery adds a big body up front that is capable of getting after the quarterback. He’s currently second among interior defensive linemen with a 90.7 pass-rush grade. XXX NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN t OFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN


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chose to serve. Not because I like talking about myself, but because it’s a more meaningful way to engage if you have a respond simply: learn the Constitution, better understanding of what you’re actuget informed, and vote accordingly. Don’t ally offering thanks for.� —Marissa Cruz, allow the rights that veterans fought, died, U.S. Navy reservist and bled for, to be voted away or limited “By moving beyond bumper-sticker due to ignorance, laziness, or a sheep support for veterans. Help us help each mentality. If you want to do something other by doing three things: get involved more substantial you can always support with veterans’ organizations, get politiSoldiers in need, donate to charities that cally involved, and vote. There are many support Veterans, or find a local Guard or worthy organizations out there that both Reserve unit for your company to adopt.� do good and bridge the civilian-military —Brock Young, U.S. Army veteran, Army empathy gap. And in a nod to Clausewitz’ National Guardsman dictate, “War is politics by other means� — “How should people thank me for my honor the actions of veterans by ensuring service? Vote!� —Alexander McCoy, U.S. that your voice is heard at the ballot box.� Marine Corps veteran —Welton Chang, U.S. Army veteran “Talk to me. Ask me what my job entails, “Don’t thank me at all. My father what I enjoy about the military or why I and grandfather were combat vets who 'PS BEWFSUJTJOH JOGPSNBUJPO DBMM t BET!NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN Continued from Page 1

fought at Hamburger Hill in Vietnam and the Battle of Peleliu during World War II respectively, receiving Bronze and Silver Stars for their valor and devotion. Until I can stand shoulder to shoulder with them, your thanks are better directed toward someone who has proven their dedication to the values of honor, courage, and commitment.� —David McCauley, U.S. Navy veteran “I’m not one of those who hates it when someone outright thanks me for my service; however, for me, the greatest way to thank a veteran is to get to know one, and also to get educated on veterans’ issues. Then, use that knowledge to vote responsibly in local, state, and federal elections, especially those with referenda on military issues. We serve the people, and the best way for the people to thank us is to use their civic power in an

informed, responsible manner.� —Rachel Brune, U.S. Army reservist “The best way to thank a veteran is to take a brief pause in your day and really listen to what a veteran has to say about their experience. I love it when I can talk about how my service has made me better and what I learned from my fellow military members that I use each and every day. To me, thanking someone for their service means you are willing to learn about their military service and personal sacrifice.� — Chad Storlie, U.S. Army veteran “Simply do what God put you on this earth to accomplish — build a business, grow a family, advocate for things you are passionate about. The best thanks you can give to a veteran is living a life of meaning only available in the United States� —Benjamin Kohlmann, U.S. Navy officer /PW 9

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A drunk walks into a bar with jumper Women vs. men cables around his neck. The bartender Woman 1: Oh! You got a haircut! That’s says, “You can stay but don’t try to start so cute! anything.� Woman 2: Do you think so? I wasn’t sure when she was gave me the mirror. I mean, you don’t think it’s too fluffy lookTough new boss A company, feeling it was time for a ing? shake-up, hires a new CEO. This new boss Woman 1: Oh God no! No, it’s perfect. is determined to rid the company of all I’d love to get my hair cut like that, but I slackers. think my face is too wide. I’m pretty much On a tour of the facilities, the CEO no- stuck with this stuff I think. Woman 2: Are you serious? I think your tices a guy leaning on a wall. The room is full of workers and he thinks this is his face is adorable. And you could easily get chance to show everyone he means busi- one of those layer cuts – that would look so cute I think. I was actually going to do that ness! The CEO walks up the guy and asks, except that I was afraid it would accent my “And how much money do you make a longneck. Woman 1: Oh — that’s funny! I would week?� Undaunted, the young fellow looks at love to have your neck! Anything to take him and replies, “I make $200 a week. attention away from this two-by-four I

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have for a shoulder line. Woman 2: Are you kidding? I know girls that would love to have your shoulders. Everything drapes so well on you. I mean, look at my arms – see how short they are? If I had your shoulders I could get clothes to fit me so much easier. Man 1: Haircut? Man 2: Yeah.

They’re going down a steep hill when the brunette realizes that the brakes don’t work. The brunette tells the blonde that the brakes don’t work and they will drive off the side of the cliff because they failed to stop. The blonde then replies, “Don’t worry! There’s a stop sign ahead.�

Laws of Heaven

What’s in a name?

On their way to get married, a young Catholic couple is involved in a fatal car accident. The couple found themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heaven. While waiting, they began to wonder: Could they possibly get married in Heaven? When St. Peter showed up, they asked him. St. Peter said, “I don’t know. This is the first time anyone has asked. Let me go find out,’� and he left. The couple sat and waited, and waited. Two months passed and the couple was still waiting. While waiting, they began to wonder what would happen if it didn’t work out; could you get a divorce in heaven? After yet another month, St. Peter finally returned, looking somewhat bedraggled. “Yes,� he informed the couple, “You can get married in Heaven.� “Great!� said the couple, “But we were just wondering, what if things don’t work out? Could we also get a divorce in Heaven?� St. Peter, red-faced with anger, slammed his clipboard onto the ground. “What’s wrong?� asked the frightened couple. “OH, COME ON!� St. Peter shouted, “It took me three months to find a priest up here! Do you have any idea how long it’ll take me to find a lawyer?�

Late one night a burglar broke into a house and while he was sneaking around he heard a voice say, “Jesus is watching you.� He looked around and saw nothing. He kept on creeping and again heard, “Jesus is watching you.� In a dark corner, he saw a cage with a parrot inside. The burglar asked the parrot, “Was it you who said Jesus is watching me� The parrot replied, “Yes.� Relieved, the burglar asked, “What is your name?� The parrot said, “Clarence.� The burglar said, “That’s a stupid name for a parrot. What idiot named you Clarence?� The parrot answered, “The same idiot that named the rottweiler Jesus.�

The clothes make the man

A Spanish captain was walking on his ship when a soldier rushes to him and exclaims, “An enemy ship is approaching us!� The captain replies calmly, “Go get my red shirt.� The soldier gets the shirt for the captain. The enemy ship comes in and heavy rounds of fire are exchanged. Finally, the Spaniards win. The soldier asks, “Congrats sir, but why the red shirt?� The captain replies, “If I got injured, my blood shouldn’t be seen, as I didn’t want my men to lose hope.� Just then, another soldier runs up and says, “Sir, we just spotted another 20 enCan’t stop emy ships!� The captain calmly replies, “Go bring There’s a blond and a brunette in a car. The brunette is driving while the blonde is my yellow pants.� in the passenger seat. XXX NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN t OFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN


wanted the set that way — I wanted the actors to feel what it was like so there were four walls, floor and ceiling. I built the set on a hydraulic set called a gimbal and was happy with the outcome. JJ: Your SEAL team, what a group of able to tilt it 15 degrees at any given moamazing guys. ment. The set was tilting as it would in a DM: Oh thank you, yes, well we put the real submarine, and it felt like you were in four of them through hell. Every day it was it. I never wanted to film the same scene in running, diving, crashing and jumping. I the same way twice, so I took out sections wanted it to feel like the real deal, so we of the wall, brought a crane in and always put them through a lot of training and got tried to find other ways of filming it for them really fit. They got the culture of the drama. That was a real challenge, but I’m Special Forces and we wanted to make so glad I did it that way because it gives the sure to get that right. I’ve had Special true feeling of being in a submarine. Forces guys look at the film and they’ve JJ: What drew you to the project? said, “That’s exactly how we are with each DM: I get scripts and I’ve seen scripts other� with the joking and the time to be in this genre, and I find it difficult to get a focused and serious. I was happy to get good script in this genre. There have been that accurate. submarine dramas and such, and I wasn’t JJ: The Russian part of the film, I mean sure there would be a plot to tell. I read the its not that hard to believe it could happen. script and I thought it was fantastic with DM: Look, what would it take to set the twists and turns and not knowing what off a war between America and Russia? was going to happen next. I was drawn to What’s it going to mean to both countries? the realism of it and thought it was a really It’s not going to take much. It could be a good script. I also couldn’t predict the end! submarine under the ice. There are a lot of action films were half way You look at the press of late and how through you know how it’s going to end, the Russians are posturing with MIGs or and this one did something different. destroyers, you are not sure what could JJ: What do you want audiences to take happen next. So playing the what-if game away from seeing “Hunter Killer?� is the delicious part of the film. I mean, DM: That’s an interesting question bewhat if these kinds of events occurred and cause I think there are many layers to the what would be the outcome is what makes film. I think you could walk into a theater this film. and think it’s a popcorn film and just enJJ: The actors are so good. joy it for the thrills and spills. Also, there DM: I wanted to use Russian actors, ex- is a deeper geo-political commentary cept for Michael Nyqvist of course, who is about war and how collaboration with the Swedish. I wanted them to speak Russian. enemy is way more important than fightThere is an authenticity to them being ing the enemy. Russian and knowing the Russian life that It’s another part of the reason I took I thought important enough to cast them the film, was the collaboration between for the film. America and Russia. I feel it’s important JJ: In the submarine, when I heard Ge- for geo-politics. Movies talk about collaborard Butler was the commander, I thought ration and “we are all in this together,� and it was an interesting choice. I hope that comes through in the film. I DM: I know people are use to him kick- hope that some people will take that away ing ass on land, and this is a totally differ- and not just see it as a thrill ride. I also hope people come away with a ent environment. JJ: I heard that you and Gerard spent greater appreciation for the unsung hesome time on the U.S.S. Houston? roes of the U.S. Navy submariners. We DM: That’s right, we went on board don’t know a lot about them, it’s not the from Pearl Harbor and we actually ran most glamorous job in the world. I wanted through all the scenes of the film. I asked to show what they go through and what the captain what actually would happen it’s like to go to war in this encapsulated with this or with that. Show me exactly steel cylinder where you can’t see what’s how you would react if this were to really happening. Instead, all you have is trusthappen. The captain was game and the ing your instrumentation. I want everyone crew was game, and it was amazing to see to appreciate the men and women serving. it really play out on a U.S. submarine. It We played this movie on a Naval base was the most expensive prop I think I will for 1,300 people, and they went bananever use again, but it was great to see it as for it. After the film was the question play out. We wanted to make sure that we and answer portion, and wives would say, depicted it as accurately as possible. “Thank you for shedding light on what JJ: What did Gerard think of it? my husband does,� and a child got up to DM: It was amazing, he dressed up as say, “Thank you for showing me what my the captain and the crew referred to him mother does, because I now have a bigger as Cmdr. Glass, which is the name of his appreciation for what she does.� That was character for the film. They treated him really moving. like a real captain, and he got to do some Indeed it is, when a film comes along commanding. It was great for him to feel that gives us all an insight into what it like he was in character in some respects takes to do a job then it becomes even for the film. more successful. “Hunter Killer� not only JJ: When you finally starting filming the does just that, but puts us all in the intensubmarine scenes, you are in pretty tight sity and action in a what-if scenario. 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