Ex-Para Advising On Military Films

Posted on May 16, 2019

The former Paratrooper’s recent credits include ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’, ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ and ‘Jason Bourne’.

He said that after 24 years in the Parachute Regiment, he got his start in the industry by chance: “I answered an advertisement for ex-soldiers for a major feature film called ‘Monuments Men’, which was directed by George Clooney. I was picked to be one of the core soldiers,” he continues. “And I was asked to do this scene where a jeep just drives up to a burning wreckage with wounded soldiers in. The wounded soldier was John Goodman and I just said, ‘Well, can I just make a suggestion please? You know it’s D-Day +4, you wouldn’t just drive right up, you would stop short, survey the area just in case there’s an ambush’.

“And it’s really as simple as that, it was the right place, right time. Didn’t plan it. Just said it. He liked it and then it led onto other films.”

He says the length of time it takes to train actors in how to handle weapons depends on the historical era of the film: “If I’m working on maybe a Napoleonic, or sort of a Victorian-era type film, not much, because it’s muskets.

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