Sunday, November 27, 2005

Bruce Willis plans to make a movie about the men of Deuce Four, the group that blogger/former Green Beret Michael Yon has been reporting on.
ANGERED by negative portrayals of the conflict in Iraq, Bruce Willis, the Hollywood star, is to make a pro-war film in which American soldiers will be depicted as brave fighters for freedom and democracy.

It will be based on the exploits of the heavily decorated members of Deuce Four, the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry, which has spent the past year battling insurgents in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul.

Willis attended Deuce Four’s homecoming ball this month in Seattle, Washington, where the soldiers are on leave, along with Stephen Eads, the producer of Armageddon and The Sixth Sense.

The 50-year-old actor said that he was in talks about a film of “these guys who do what they are asked to for very little money to defend and fight for what they consider to be freedom”.

Unlike many Hollywood stars Willis supports the war and recently offered a $1m (about £583,000) bounty for the capture of any of Al-Qaeda’s most wanted leaders such as Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri or Abu Musab al- Zarqawi, its commander in Iraq. Willis visited the war zone with his rock and blues band, the Accelerators, in 2003.

“I am baffled to understand why the things I saw happening in Iraq are not being reported,” he told MSNBC, the American news channel.

He is expected to base the film on the writings of the independent blogger Michael Yon, a former special forces green beret who was embedded with Deuce Four and sent regular dispatches about their heroics.
Michael Yon's reporting on his blog from Iraq has opened up a picture we don't often get to see since he has embedded with troops and talks with them about their thoughts on their mission there. Here's an example from October called "Purple Fingers." Read all the details and you'll get what seems to be a much fuller picture of life for our soldiers in Iraq. In the hands of a good screenwriter, this could be a great movie and I wish Bruce Willis the best of luck.

But then, what do I know? I thought The Great Raid and Cinderella Man would be big hits, but one got caught up in the Miramax shuffle and the other got caught up in the Russell Crowe imbroglio.