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Bruce Willis comes out fighting for Iraq’s forgotten GI heroes
The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 11/27/05 | Sarah Baxter

Posted on 11/26/2005 4:19:14 PM PST by saquin

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.

Yon was at the soldiers’ ball with Willis, who got to know him through his internet war reports on “What he is doing is something the American media and maybe the world media isn’t doing,” the actor said, “and that’s telling the truth about what’s happening in the war in Iraq.”

Willis is likely to take on the role of the unit’s commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Erik Kurilla, 39, a Bruce Willis lookalike with a chest full of medals, more hair than Willis and a glamorous blonde wife.

He was injured in August after being shot three times by insurgents “in front of my eyes”, Yon recorded in his blog: “He continued to direct his men until a medic gave him morphine and the men took him away.”

Kurilla now has a titanium plate in his leg. He met Willis at the ball and said that his men were “very excited and appreciative that he was there”. ”

Deuce Four has a chequered history. For decades it was a segregated black unit commanded by a white officer. It was disbanded in 1951 but veterans felt hurt that its past was considered to be a stain on the army and it was revived in the mid-1990s.

When the battalion arrived in Mosul in November last year the city was under threat from insurgents. “We faced very heavy fighting for about three months,” Kurilla recalled. “Every patrol was making contact with enemy forces. We would hit them where they slept, where they worked and where they ate.”

Today the picture was very different, he said. “I have watched a city that was in absolute chaos turn into one that has a viable Iraqi security force, which is taking the lead in fighting the terrorists.”

Yon, 41, went to Iraq after a friend from high school, Scott Helveston, a former navy Seal, was hanged from a bridge in Falluja in an incident that shocked the world. Yon had never blogged before but was the author of Danger Close, a book about his experience as a green beret when he killed a man in a bar-room brawl. He was charged with murder and acquitted on the grounds of self-defence.

“When I landed in Baghdad I was immediately struck by how much of a war zone it was,” Yon said. “Explosions were going off constantly. It was full-on.”

His first experience of Mosul was worse: “I got attacked on my first mission. One of our vehicles got hit with a car bomb and three guys were killed.”

In May, Yon took a photograph of a soldier from the Deuce Four cradling a little Iraqi girl who had been fatally wounded by a suicide bomber. He sensed that the inhabitants of Mosul were turning against the insurgents. “People began to realise that all the insurgents ever did was break things and kill people,” he said. “It started to switch from a firefight to an intelligence war. People started to talk more to us. They would pull us over and give us tips.”

The Iraqi security forces began to take pride in their work, Yon added: “These guys were getting slaughtered but they continued to volunteer and fight. It’s very dangerous now to be a terrorist in Mosul. They’re still out there but it’s not like it was.”

Willis said it would be wrong for Americans to give up on Iraq just as progress is being made. “The Iraqi people want to live in a world where they can move from their homes to the market and not have to fear being killed,” he said. “I mean, doesn’t everybody want that?”

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brucewillis; deucefour; hollywoodright; iraq; mosul; moviereview; oif
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To: Hildy

But I like the linguini spined liberals.

:) HA!

Good points, H.

41 posted on 11/26/2005 5:15:55 PM PST by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh walks in the footsteps of giants: George Washington, Thomas Paine and Ronald Reagan.)
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To: misterrob
$50-60 million at the box office is what you'll see from this movie. Big down south and in military areas but tons of bad reviews from the NY/LA Slimes, Boston Glob, Wash. Compost

More like $250 million.

42 posted on 11/26/2005 5:20:39 PM PST by Go Gordon
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To: Pharmboy

Stupidest, most truly entertaining movie ever made: Fifth Element. :)


Gotta watch that again.

43 posted on 11/26/2005 5:20:46 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (Hyphenated-Americans unite!!)
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To: saquin

Good for Bruce. I like his style.

44 posted on 11/26/2005 5:23:10 PM PST by Diva Betsy Ross (A fun way to send care packages to troops:
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To: solzhenitsyn
I haven't gone in a movie theater in ~ twenty years now (and didn't know if I ever would again).

We haven't either. The teenagers... even some of their parents, are rude, friggin slobs from the land of the unwashed, and we live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC.

Cell phones, beepers, constant candy wrapper rattling... I wait until a DVD comes out and buy it. It's cheaper, and we get to save a ton of money because our popcorn is a dollar instead of 5 dollars. And... we can watch it again. To me, the silver screen is dead.

45 posted on 11/26/2005 5:26:12 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: LoudRepublicangirl

I did too. I've seen 'em all. Including the weekly tv series of 'Combat', 'Gallant Men' and 'Rat Patrol'.

46 posted on 11/26/2005 5:28:59 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: LoudRepublicangirl
Yeah, John Wayne rocked, he was about as patriotic as they get! All the actors and actresses did their part in WWII. Even Abbot and Costello raised millions on war bond tours. They were about the biggest war bond sellers out there at that time. Now, the only thing in Hollywood are communist A**holes, or at least for the most part.

Hat off to Mr. Willis and I love his acting, even when he played the Jackal!

47 posted on 11/26/2005 5:30:25 PM PST by calex59 (Seeing the light shouldn't make you blind...)
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To: saquin
Yes!!! This is wonderful news!! Thank You Bruce Willis!! It's time our Hero's get their dues!!

This is a little something from me to our fighting Hero's over in Iraq.

"Merry Christmas To Our Troops In Iraq (My Hero's)"

I tried to put together a little something for our troops in Iraq for Christmas that could cross genre's and maybe be to everybody's liking. And at the same time I tried to mix in sounds that I thought would fit in both Iraqi and American music.

It's an instrumental Christmas song that I hope will fit for all our troops tastes in music and religious beliefs.

I hope they like it...

48 posted on 11/26/2005 5:34:02 PM PST by GloriaJane ( "Merry Christmas To Our Troops In Iraq (My Hero's)")
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To: saquin

Go for it Bruce, I know it will be a good one.

50 posted on 11/26/2005 5:38:15 PM PST by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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To: paulat

Bruce Willis ping...especially for you.

51 posted on 11/26/2005 5:39:01 PM PST by JRios1968 ("Cogito, ergo FReep": I think, therefore I FReep.)
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To: calex59

Wonder if he will enjoy a "reverse Fonda" effect

52 posted on 11/26/2005 5:41:40 PM PST by bybybill (GOD help us if the Rats win)
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To: wolf24

Mel Gibson not only made "The Passion of the Christ" but he starred in "We were soldiers", a great movie that showed the American soldier in Vietnam as something other than baby killing a**holes. They ruined it right at the end with the statement from the VC officer about how they were going to win but other than that it was a great movie by a great and God fearing man.

53 posted on 11/26/2005 5:46:05 PM PST by calex59 (Seeing the light shouldn't make you blind...)
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To: saquin

I was so pleased to hear about this. So many REAL LIFE HEROES! and hollywood couldnt give a damn about any of them, to tell THIER story. Well Bruce Willis is bringing much need attention to Michael Yon and his important work. I believe that his reports are going to define this war.

54 posted on 11/26/2005 5:54:01 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: JRios1968

You are so sweet to think of me!

55 posted on 11/26/2005 5:57:05 PM PST by paulat
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To: Sybeck1
I'll second that. I've always been a Bruce Willis fan and now I will be for life. Die Hard is my favorite Christmas movie. LOL!
56 posted on 11/26/2005 5:58:43 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's no coincidence that the Democrat mascot is a jackass.)
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57 posted on 11/26/2005 5:59:32 PM PST by paulat
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To: saquin
Really good news. . .and kudos to Bruce for taking on the Hollywood Establishmentwhile giving a much needed 'media boost' for our Military.

Or really. . .the other way around. . .

58 posted on 11/26/2005 6:16:12 PM PST by cricket (No Freedom - No Peace)
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To: misterrob

They could BAD review all they want...I'll be the second in line..the first will be my wife...

59 posted on 11/26/2005 6:17:15 PM PST by forYourChildrenVote4Bush (Democrats need to shower)
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To: saquin
Thank you Mr. Willis.

Our family rented Moonlighting episodes this weekend. I miss tv like that and it just reminded us of why we like him so much.

It's nice to know that there is still a hero or two left in that town.
60 posted on 11/26/2005 6:19:01 PM PST by pollyannaish
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