“Act of Valor” showcases real Navy SEALs, wives and kids ... and bullets

Producer-directors Mike "Mouse" McCoy and Scott Waugh didn't plan on inventing a new kind of movie, but realized the real thing is better than Hollywood

With the new film “Act of Valor” — starring real-life U.S. Navy SEALs and real live-fire scenes in which the movie crew kept their heads down as live ammunition ripped overhead — movie makers Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh would like to think they’ve invented a whole new kind of movie.

“Act of Valor,” which is released this weekend, is a mixture of reality TV, live action feature and cinema’s early years in which Thomas Edison’s cameramen risked risked life and limb to capture the real world for audiences just getting hooked on “moving pictures.”

But the former actors, who have worked almost every job in front of and behind the camera, want to dispel a story going around about “Act of Valor” – that it began as a Pentagon training or recruiting film. That rumor has made some of the biggest newspapers and wire services.

Training under very real conditions


“We are laughing at the myth — and enjoying the story,” chuckles Waugh. “But it never started out like that. ‘Act of Valor’ has always

been a feature. The only thing that changed was using the real guys in the movie. But somebody published that story and everybody grabbed onto it. We just never had a chance to set the record straight."

“It started out as an exploration into what would even telling the story of the SEALS look like,” says Mike “Mouse” McCoy – whose credits include producing, directing, writing, acting and just about everything else except makeup and catering. He was a stuntman in 2004’s “Flight of the Phoenix.”

A chopper at sunset

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