Rorke Denver, LCDR Rorke, Writes “Damn Few”

Rorke Denver wrote a book titled Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior. As you may have guessed, he played LCDR Rorke in “Act of Valor.” Tracy Denver, his wife, had some interesting observations on his work: I never ask questions about what he does. For me (Act of Valor) was incredibly eye-opening to actually see a submarine mission or running around in the jungle, jumping out of a plane, shooting his weapons. For me, it was like, oh, so this is what you are doing when you are away. I appreciated it actually.

React, a New TV Show on the SEALs

From the guys who did Act of Valor: React, a tv show on SEALs

The handful of guys I’ve known who have gone through BUD/S (SEAL training) either come back banged-up or disappear. As in, they are off doing the operator thing. And that is the way it should be. SEALs should stay in the background, on the DL. (DL means down-low for all you non-linguists. . .)

Although I’ll watch this show, called React (on TNT) I wish the publicity would go away from our spec-war guys:

The Turner-owned cable network is developing React with the producer, director and editor of Relativity Media’s feature Act of ValorThe Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Former Suits showrunner Sean Jablonski will pen the script for React, with Barry Josephson (Bones) attached to produce the original effort. Scott Waugh, who handled producing, editing and directing duties on the feature, is on board to produce and helm the pilot along with some of his Bandito Brothers partners should the project move forward.

Act of Valor, like React?

For Jablonski, the project marks the latest effort following USA Network’s Suits, which he departed in August ahead of its second season.

Here is a poll on whether television publicity is good for the SEALs and here is a story about Deryck Dickerson, a Coronado SEAL, who is running the Spartan Death Race.

Three Navy SEALs on a Sunday Night Mission

Got three Navy SEAL posts for your lazy Sunday night. By now, you have probably heard that Act of Valor took the top spot over the weekend:

The film earned an estimated $25m (£15.75 million) – more than triple the amount of Jennifer Aniston’s latest romantic comedy ‘Wanderlust’.

Despite Aniston and co-star Paul Rudd heavily promoting the film it only took $8m.

Tyler Perry’s latest movie ‘Good Deeds’ was second with $15m.

Act of Valor, which was made for a budget of just $20m, received rave reviews from critics and moviegoers alike.

Over at Yahoo Answers, we get a recruit’s question and then a grumpy answer from a Navy Chief:

Navy SEAL Boots?

Q: Can you bring your own boots to BUD/S (Navy SEAL Training)? I know that they issue you everything you need (Boots being the Bates 924 series as I understand it) but could you bring your own boots? Socks? I’d prefer bringing top of the line gear to training of possible.

A: Sure, bring them. You can wear them during your off duty/training time. What do you think, you’re going to Burger King, where you get it your way?  Source(s): Retired Chief Petty Officer

And our last SEAL post (old, but interesting news) concerns DDG-112, the mighty USS Michael Murphy:

Maureen Murphy, mother of Lt. Michael P. Murphy (SEAL), welds a steel box filled with mementos of her son to the mast of the guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Murphy (DDG 112), during a mast stepping ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

Act of Valor: SEAL Movie

How does this work, they filmed a movie with real SEALs? I am surprised the Navy allowed the flick to continue. The few guys I have known on the teams seemed far too mission-focused to take a break to film a movie. Not to mention the OPSEC issues involved.

Searching on-line for info. . . Ah, this was initiated by the Spec-War community itself:

In 2008, Navy Special Warfare invited a handful of production companies to submit proposals for a film project, possibly a documentary, that would flesh out the role of the SEALs.

The goals: bolster recruiting efforts, honor fallen team members and offer a corrective to misleading fare such as “Navy Seals,” the 1990 shoot-em-up starring Charlie Sheen as a cocky lone wolf. ”

In the SEAL ethos, the superman myth does not apply. It’s a lifestyle of teamwork, hard work and academic discipline,” said Capt. Duncan Smith, a SEAL who initiated the project and essentially served as producer within the military.

Good advertising so far, like the poster below. And the trailer is here.

Act of Valor, SEAL Movie

Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt.

As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

 Mike McCoy , Scott Waugh.  Kurt Johnstad

February 24th? Yeah, I’ll see the thing. I’ve paid $8.50 for far worse. Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda II, and my pre-purchased Kung Fu Panda III tickets (2014 release date) come to mind. . .