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Bruce Willis comes out fighting for Iraq's forgotten GI heroes
The Sunday Times ^ | November 27, 2005 | Sarah Baxter

Posted on 11/27/2005 9:27:04 AM PST by Khankrumthebulgar

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 www.michaelyon.blogspot.com. “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?”


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1 posted on 11/27/2005 9:27:05 AM PST by Khankrumthebulgar
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To: Khankrumthebulgar
Oh I smell a blackball in the making.........
2 posted on 11/27/2005 9:33:08 AM PST by stm
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To: Khankrumthebulgar
Bruce Willis should get Timmy Russert or another lefty propagandist to sign onto a part in this film. They could play the part of a lying journalist, who gets killed off by the movies end. A well deserved and most fitting outcome.
3 posted on 11/27/2005 9:33:41 AM PST by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar
If he does make it, I will definitely go see it. I have young kids and haven't been to a movie theater since "Return of the King"!
4 posted on 11/27/2005 9:34:15 AM PST by Danae (Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar

Bruce will be shunned by the Hollywood elites.

He'll have a hard time finding work unless he produces it himself.

Anyhow, GO BRUCE!


5 posted on 11/27/2005 9:35:54 AM PST by adorno
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To: Khankrumthebulgar
That is so cool that Bruce Willis is taking on this project. It would not surprise me to find out that Mr. Willis would consider it an honor to play the part of LTC Kurilla. Michael Yon's writing is amazing stuff and if you go back to the beginning and read forward, the transformation you will see makes you happy and angry at the same time; happy at the success of the effort, and livid that we hear none of this in the MSM.
6 posted on 11/27/2005 9:38:28 AM PST by NonValueAdded (The honorable Richard Cheney, X man!!!)
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To: Danae
haven't been to a movie theater since "Return of the King"!

The "Lion King" for me.

7 posted on 11/27/2005 9:38:44 AM PST by digger48
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To: paulat

Another PING for you!


8 posted on 11/27/2005 9:39:31 AM PST by JRios1968 ("Cogito, ergo FReep": I think, therefore I FReep.)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar

He just made my top 10 list of real people in America. I can only hope that others will have his fortitude.


9 posted on 11/27/2005 9:42:16 AM PST by Steamburg (Pretenders everywhere)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar

I don't know what Bruce's political views are but I applaud him for making this movie. If the movie tells the REAL story of our troops in Iraq, I WILL go to see it. Thank you Bruce Willis.


10 posted on 11/27/2005 9:44:25 AM PST by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: adorno

This movie has all the elements that made "Passion of the Christ" so successful for Mel Gibson. The majority of Americans are at odds with Hollywood when it comes to politics, the Iraq war, and religion. Hollywood refuses to give us what we want - a patriotic war movie with a Rambo-like hero and a pro-America theme. If Bruce Willis produces a good movie, I expect ticket sales to rival Gibson's "Passion".


11 posted on 11/27/2005 9:45:28 AM PST by highimpact
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To: adorno

I hope he just goes ahead and makes it, regardless. But I wouldn't be surprised that, if he does have the courage to do it, other more timid Hollywood types might actually be emboldened to come out and support him. There have got to be some others who aren't totally left-wing bonkers, and maybe he'll encouarge them.


12 posted on 11/27/2005 9:45:55 AM PST by livius
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To: Reagan Man

LOL! Love it...


13 posted on 11/27/2005 9:46:34 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: livius

Hollywood is a slowly sinking ship anyway. Technology prices have come down to the point where you don't need a huge budget and the backing of a Hollywood studio to make a *really* good film.


14 posted on 11/27/2005 9:49:14 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: stm
Oh I smell a blackball in the making.........

As well as a Mega-Hit in the making.....Bruce gets it; America loves its' military men and women.....of course Hollywierd will be completely caught off guard by the films success....they will never get it.....
15 posted on 11/27/2005 9:49:57 AM PST by PigRigger (Send donations to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar; All

http://www.michaelyon.blogspot.com/


16 posted on 11/27/2005 9:53:46 AM PST by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: PigRigger
As well as a Mega-Hit in the making.....Bruce gets it; America loves its' military men and women.....of course Hollywierd will be completely caught off guard by the films success....they will never get it.....

Well said!

17 posted on 11/27/2005 9:54:10 AM PST by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar

Brave Bruce Bump.


18 posted on 11/27/2005 9:54:59 AM PST by aculeus
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To: digger48

It was Shane for me!


19 posted on 11/27/2005 9:58:35 AM PST by pasquale ("If war is ever lawful, then peace is sometimes sinful." C.S. Lewis)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar

Bookmark for later


20 posted on 11/27/2005 9:59:28 AM PST by Soul Seeker (Mr. President: It is now time to turn over the money changers' tables.)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar

Bruce Willis is the real deal. He is one of us.

He has visited the troops and even put a million of his own $ up for OBL or Z's head.


21 posted on 11/27/2005 10:01:33 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: highimpact

oh, yes. you hit it.....Americans will make this a blockbuster to rival The Passion. hollyweird is clueless.


22 posted on 11/27/2005 10:01:48 AM PST by tioga
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To: Soul Seeker

LOL! Jessica Lange, Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, WHoppi Goldberg, and Meryl Streep must be livid!! Pierce Brosnan just fainted!

Good for Bruce!!! I heard that Mel Gibson was also angry with the elites for undermining our troops!


23 posted on 11/27/2005 10:02:36 AM PST by HonduGOP
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To: Khankrumthebulgar

Bruce Willis is one of the few bastions of conservatism in Hollywood. Charlton Heston, Clint Eastwood, Bo Derek, Tony Danza to name just a few. God Bless his endeavor and our troops.


24 posted on 11/27/2005 10:03:45 AM PST by WyCoKsRepublican
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To: PigRigger

I can't wait for the Mikey Moooron rebuttal film.....


25 posted on 11/27/2005 10:04:05 AM PST by stm
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To: HonduGOP

Maybe Willis and Gibson could collaborate on something.

What a team that would make!


26 posted on 11/27/2005 10:04:11 AM PST by babyface00
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27 posted on 11/27/2005 10:04:21 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: highimpact
If Bruce Willis produces a good movie, I expect ticket sales to rival Gibson's "Passion".

I agree, Mrs. Patriot and I never go to movies but did for Gibson's "Passion" and "We Were Soldiers", bought the DVD's too.

28 posted on 11/27/2005 10:05:44 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Alec Baldwin can play Uday.)
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To: stm

Willis has been around long enough that he will still get in good movies. Maybe not huge money makers, but he will always be one of the go to guys for people like Rodriguez and Tarantino who like to make movies for guys who like movies.


29 posted on 11/27/2005 10:08:43 AM PST by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar

He must be the only conservative out there.


30 posted on 11/27/2005 10:10:38 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar
Rush mentioned Willis' conservatism in the early nineties. Willis stated that one of the reasons he's a Republican is that he pays more in taxes than most people he knows earn put together.

He's one rare case where money overruled Hollywood liberalism.

31 posted on 11/27/2005 10:12:37 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Mr. Blonde

An excellent point, his career and reputation as a consistent moneymaker are already well established. Same goes for folks like Mel Gibson. But for a newcomer to the industry to espouse conservative ideals would be a career ender for sure.


32 posted on 11/27/2005 10:16:08 AM PST by stm
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To: No Blue States
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33 posted on 11/27/2005 10:19:32 AM PST by stm
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To: stm

LOL!

They are comical, when they arent undermining our country or troops.

Bruce willis as a hero is much more believable than Leonadro Decrapio and his ilk.
Bruce can consider me a lifetime customer.


35 posted on 11/27/2005 10:24:19 AM PST by No Blue States
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He must be the only conservative out there.

There are a few of them left: Robin Williams, Drew Carey, Dana Carvey....9/11 changed a lot of them, but like most conservatives, they are just another part of the silent majority.

36 posted on 11/27/2005 10:24:53 AM PST by txroadkill
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To: adorno
I believe his production company is called Cheyene. If you haven't seen his "Tears of the Sun", rent it. Excellent, keep you on the edge of the seat movie about folks in Africa killing their fellow Africans who don't go to the "right church".
37 posted on 11/27/2005 10:26:53 AM PST by used2BDem (Navy Vet (Navy Mom))
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To: PigRigger

Agreed,

I see the opposite happening,
the movie being a hit and Bruce being a hero.

One thing I noticed the last few days in Christmas adverts for video games are the number that are pro soldier and pro military.

Like at least the game makers 'get it'. Just like the some authors I know.... People want heros, they want the good guys to win and they know that life requires sacrifice.

Hollywood is just clueless....clueless....clueless.....


38 posted on 11/27/2005 10:27:11 AM PST by najida (Blood on the floor....a Thanksgiving Tradition at my house)
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To: highimpact
If Bruce Willis produces a good movie, I expect ticket sales to rival Gibson's "Passion".

***Bingo***

39 posted on 11/27/2005 10:31:11 AM PST by demkicker
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To: najida
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40 posted on 11/27/2005 10:33:38 AM PST by stm
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To: adorno

It worked very well for Mel Gibson.


41 posted on 11/27/2005 10:36:44 AM PST by Sensei Ern (Now, IB4Z! http://trss.blogspot.com/ "Cowards cut and run. Heroes never do!")
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To: No Blue States

Dang,

Two gorgeous men.

Thanks a bunch! (OK, so I'm shallow).


42 posted on 11/27/2005 10:39:10 AM PST by najida (Blood on the floor....a Thanksgiving Tradition at my house)
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To: stm
If this film turns into a box office smash, as it well may, just IMAGINE how twisted the Hollywood elites will be. Their box office receipts are at an all time low and sinking fast due to their anti America, anti culture bias. America is sick of these bastards and the success of "The Passion of the Christ" proves it. No distributor would handle the film so Mel Gibson handled it himself and the movie earned over $600 MILLION dollars.

This nation is about 80% Christian and is sick of being "blamed" for what they believe. We also mostly realize the seriousness of the war on terror and the consequences of not winning. Finally, Americans hate to lose but fighting the good fight and losing is one thing but refusing to fight, as the liberals advocate is quite another. If a coward dies a thousand deaths then how in the world can these left wing losers bear to look at themselves in the mirror?
43 posted on 11/27/2005 10:39:33 AM PST by Eagles Talon IV
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To: highimpact

If Bruce Willis produces a good movie

I've never seen him in a bad movie. I have to have my Willis fix about 6, 7 times a year at the minimum.


44 posted on 11/27/2005 10:42:36 AM PST by jwh_Denver ($1000 bounty on every ACLU lawyer's head brought in on a skewer.)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar
The libs know full well that the war is succeeding and they are desperate to stop it if they can. Nothing would be worse for them then Iraq settling down and becoming a stable democracy. This is why they so badly want the troops pulled now. The best news the libs can get is the collapse of our effort in Iraq.

As the saying goes, "What's good for America is bad for the Democrats and what's bad for the democrats is good for America"
45 posted on 11/27/2005 10:43:49 AM PST by Eagles Talon IV
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To: Khankrumthebulgar

Hollywood needs a conservative "Branson" to start up and give them some real competition.

Imagine pro-American, pro-family films stealing away all the box office.


46 posted on 11/27/2005 10:44:12 AM PST by SampleMan
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To: najida

Military games have to make huge amounts of money. There have to be at least 50 Tom Clancy games out there. I think part of the reason is these games are squad based and with things like X Box live they are a lot more fun to play. You don't even have to actually see your friends to play with them now.


47 posted on 11/27/2005 10:44:14 AM PST by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: stm

Bump


48 posted on 11/27/2005 10:45:31 AM PST by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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To: Danae

I may have all of you beat. The wife & I haven't been to a theater since 'Dances With Wolves' in 1990. Why give these airheads in Hollywood my hard earned cash?

Today we watch selectively on TV and I buy/copy old movies (mostly Westerns) onto DVD. We don't need today's garbage.


49 posted on 11/27/2005 10:47:05 AM PST by bcsco
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To: NonValueAdded
play the part of LTC Kurilla.

I don't see him playing LTC Kurilla - I think he'd be great as CSM Prosser though.

(click the picture for the full size version)

Tell me that's not a Bruce Willis character standing there over a defeated terrorist.

50 posted on 11/27/2005 10:49:38 AM PST by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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