“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
When her rescue in Latin America leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. The valiant men of fictional Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians — but must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.
Reviewers are marveling that this is not yet one more Steven Segal-type good guys vanquish evil movie. Everything about it looks real — because it is real. Or is it?
“We worked around training evolutions and combat deployments,” notes Waugh — since the Navy wasn’t going to jeopardize any true-life combat missions by letting the filmmakers tag along. “During the making of the film, every one of these guys went on full combat deployments all over the world. It’s important to mention that the SEALs in this film are not acting. They’re not playing a character. They’re just being themselves in their own world.”
“This is a brand-new type of movie,” says McCoy. “This is a real-life action film. There are no computer-generated special effects, no actors
faking it on a green screen or flying around on wires. This is all for real.”
Were there any surprises? “The sacrifices made by their wives and children,” says Waugh, “seeing the heroic women there who support their men. That’s something you really don’t consider until you see it for yourself. We were so fortunate to use the real-live wives and children in the film – to give moviegoers a peek behind the curtain.”
More from Beliefnet