“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
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.”
But doesn’t that put the SEALs wives and kids at risk?
“Well,” says Waugh, “all we can say is that the way we went about it, none of the SEALs were worried about it. I really can’t say anymore.”
One criticism of the film is that it shows too much.
No, disagrees McCoy. “The Navy scrubbed the film for ‘TTP’ — technique, tactic and procedure. They made sure we weren’t giving away anything classified. The last thing we wanted to do was to give the playbook to the bad guys.”
Does the film offer any misinformation so as to lead America’s enemies astray?
There is a pause, then, “No,” says Waugh, “No way were we playing any games. We’re really just showcasing what the SEALs are all about.”