RUSH: As a powerful, influential member of the media, I occasionally am given screeners of movies that are due to premiere soon, and I got one. It’s indescribably riveting. It opens today: Act of Valor. You know about this movie? They even closed-captioning it for me, Relativity Media did. These are real Navy SEALs who will not be identified in the credits, and one of the reasons they had to use real SEALs? They wanted to use real SEALs from the get go but it turned out they found out they had to because no stuntman was capable of the physical demands of the role. Only the SEALs could pull this stuff off. And the photography in this? I should just mention that. Gosh, it’s gorgeous. It’s beautiful, but man is this great. Just from the moment this thing opens it’s riveting.
RUSH: Act of Valor. Folks, it’s a goose bump movie when you realize that real Navy SEALs. This opens with a training jump in San Diego and ends up in the Philippines. They actually shot movie Cambodia, but it ends up in the Philippines where the first act of terrorism takes place. The photography gorgeous, but when you know that real SEALs were used and the Navy granted permission for this? Navy got the raw footage to use this in training videos and so forth. I’ve only got about ten seconds left here in this segment, so I can’t get into much detail, but it opens today. I’ve had a lot of people talking to me about this the last few weeks, Act of Valor, so I learned what it was. And by quirk of fate, the DVD arrived yesterday, and I watched it. You will not be disappointed.
RUSH: Act of Valor. They made this movie with, it says here, “between 15 and $18 million.” They shot this movie on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. That is an SLR camera. That’s a $3,000 camera. You will not believe it when you see the cinematography of this movie. Now, what happened, a couple of guys, “Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh of Bandito Brothers Production filmed a video for the Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen which led the United States Navy to allow them to use actual active duty SEALs. After spending so much time working closely with the SEALs, McCoy and Waugh conceived the idea for a modern day (sic) action movie …
“As Act of Valor developed with the SEALs on board as advisors, the filmmakers realized that no actors” or stuntmen “could realistically portray or physically fill the roles they had written and the actual SEALs were drafted to star in the film. The SEALs will remain anonymous, as none of their names will appear in the film’s credits.” And, of course, the movie has its critics. The left-wing media doesn’t like this at all, and they don’t like the fact that untrained professional actors were not used. They say these SEALs, you can tell they’re not professional actors. They do their lines and it sounds stilted and so forth.
The left-wing blogosphere is doing their best to kill it. Honest to God, they really are. They’re afraid of it. Because Act of Valor portrays the SEALs and the US military in as positive a light as you can imagine — and, by the way, not only in as positive a light as you can imagine, that is deserved, as it should be. It’s an amazing thing to come out of Hollywood. It’s not a political movie at all. It’s just about the SEALs, starring real SEALs. I want to thank ’em for sending me a copy, because I had heard about it. People talked about it. In fact I was out to dinner on Tuesday night and a friend was saying, “I can’t wait for Friday. I’m gonna go Friday afternoon and see the movie,” and so he’s not going to be disappointed. See. Oh, and they used live ammo, I’m told, throughout the movie. Live ammo except in all the scenes that involved sniper shots, sniper kill shots.
RUSH: I got an e-mail, this is a good question. Act of Valor is not a documentary. It’s not a training film. It’s an action movie. Think the Bourne Identity series, except with a much better story and absolutely real people in real-life roles. But it is a story, there’s nothing documentary, it’s not a remake of some actual mission that took place. These are real SEALs portraying themselves in an action movie. That’s what’s so unique about it. Made for 15 to $18 million, using a $3,000 camera. And you will not believe that when you see the cinematography. It’s an exciting, riveting movie and when you learn that actual, real Navy SEALs are the stars of this thing, that’s what blows your mind. And then when you learn that they had to be because they couldn’t find actors capable of the physical demands of the roles.