[50][51], At the 89th Academy Awards, 13 Hours received a nomination for Best Sound Mixing. [14] Freddie Stroma was added to the cast on March 17, 2015 to play the role of an undercover CIA officer in Libya. WAMG:  For those who haven’t read the book, what does the title 13 Hours represent? This included screening the film for key Republican Party figures in order to generate endorsement quotations. [43] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale. Readers truly got a sense of the chronology of the events in their thoroughly detailed book and their account provided chilling details of what really took place that night. When he didn’t see anything being done, he made a plaque. Your email address will not be published. “Jack Silva” (played by “The Office” alum John Krasinski) and “Dave Benton” (played by David Denman) are pseudonymous names because their real identities have not been revealed. To me it’s a smack in the face because the cook and the maintenance guy got the same exact medal we did. “If you guys do not get here, we’re going to die.” – excerpt 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi. I had the chance to meet with Dominic Fumusa who plays me in the movie. Ambassador Chris Stevens arrives in Benghazi to maintain diplomatic connections amidst the political and social chaos, with limited protection from five Diplomatic Security (DS) agents, principally, Scott Wickland and Dave Ubben, along with guards hired from the local February 17th Martyrs Brigade militia, nicknamed "17-Feb". I think we all had the idea that this could be adapted into a great movie, but the biggest thing for us was that we didn’t lose the story in the making of the movie. JT: It’s the same time when AMERICAN SNIPER was released and they had really great reviews. [44], Soren Andersen, writing for The Seattle Times, gave the film 3 stars out of 4, criticizing the lack of distinctive characters but ultimately summarizing 13 Hours as "engrossing" and "a ground-level depiction of heroism in the midst of the fog of war". No support came. Period.”. Republicans accused then-President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of intentionally misleading the public and stonewalling congressional investigators. They all got to know us and our personalities – the actors really wanted to get all the details right. He’s really brought that respectful approach to the whole thing.

The only way for us to truly get that right was to initially write the book. • James Badge Dale as Tyrone S. "Rone" Woods, commander of the GRS team and former U.S. Navy SEAL. Written by Chuck Hogan, based on the book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff. The people of the USA bless you and honor you.

Upon release, 13 Hours received generally mixed reviews from critics and grossed just $69 million worldwide against a budget of $50 million, becoming Bay's lowest-grossing film to date, with particular criticism directed at Bay's bombastic direction. You've successfully subscribed to this newsletter! Directed by Michael Bay. Of course there will be certain things changed for the movie. It’ll be really accurate. Gill was close friends with Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty — two former Navy SEALs who were killed in the attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. But the film has a lot of unnamed villains. God bless our great country."

I don’t understand why that was allowed when the situation was so volatile. [36], 13 Hours received mixed reviews from critics, though some viewed it as a welcomed tame effort from Michael Bay. WAMG: I like how respectful Michael Bay is of the military. [7][8], The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Mixing at the 89th Academy Awards.[9]. Back at the Annex, Silva finds out that his wife is pregnant. JT: Plus the history. The film stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, and Max Martini, with supporting roles by Toby Stephens, Dominic Fumusa, Pablo Schreiber, Alexia Barlier, David Denman, and David Costabile. JT: Just to make it flow, but all the events in those 13 hours happened and are in the context of the movie. It happens. “This wasn’t the worst [firefight of my life], but it was the longest,” Paronto said. On February 10, 2014, it was announced that Paramount Pictures was in talks with 3 Arts Entertainment to acquire the film rights to the book 13 Hours, written by Mitchell Zuckoff, with Erwin Stoff to produce. "We also remember the four American heroes, Sean Smith, Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, and Ambassador Stevens, who lost their lives in Benghazi on 9/11/2012. [45] Richard Roeper similarly praised 13 Hours in his review for the Chicago Sun-Times. Those words were used verbatim—100 percent. "[7] Lindsey Bahr of the Associated Press was critical of the film's direction and cinematography, and found the screenplay to be confusing. Audiences embraced the film adaptations of LONE SURVIVOR and AMERICAN SNIPER. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta appeared before the committee on January 8, and then-Department of Defense Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash is scheduled to appear before the committee today. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. At the Annex, the GRS team desperately wants to go to the compound to help, but the Chief refuses, fearing that the team's departure would expose the Annex. Why Benghazi survivor Mark Geist says Soleimani strike was not unprovoked, Trump says he'll win Michigan easily at final campaign rally, Who is Steve Daines? This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

John “Tig” Tiegen: “13 Hours” means from when we got the call to when the last guy went wheels up from Benghazi. (pauses) And it’s also Rone’s birthday. [34] Other films in a similar vein that had opened on the MLK weekend in previous years, American Sniper ($107.2 million in 2015) and Lone Survivor ($37.8 million in 2014), found success, although they had faced weaker competition, and were considered less politically divisive. Recently I had the profound honor of sitting down one to one with these real life American heroes to discuss the film and what’s happened since. Well, I'm sorry. 13 Hours Featurette ‘Faith’ from Michael Bay Dot Com on Vimeo. Former Marines who were not active duty military at the time of the attack, both Tiegen and Geist were members of the Annex Security Team hired by the CIA. Silva and Woods go into the building to try to find Stevens and Smith, but are only able to find Smith's body. All rights reserved. WAMG: What do you want people seeing the movie and reading your book to take away from your courage and that tragic night? She writes, "13 Hours is the rare Michael Bay movie that wasn't made with teenage boys in mind. [19] On October 29, 2014, Michael Bay was set to direct and produce the thriller. [17] On May 7, 2015, Toby Stephens was set to play Glen "Bub" Doherty, another of the security team members. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (also known simply as 13 Hours) is a 2016 American action thriller war film [3][4][5] directed and produced by Michael Bay and written by Chuck Hogan, based on Mitchell Zuckoff's 2014 book of the same name. The “true story” of Benghazi, as told by the secret soldiers, is a powerful rebuke to the “tall tales” that were told by the White House, the State Department and their defenders. [9], The film's historical accuracy has been disputed. I want people to know there are people who have chosen to serve their country and they are doing great things, and you never hear about it – this is a way to bring their story to light. Although he lamented the script, Roeper found the film to be a "solid action thriller with well-choreographed battle sequences and strong work from the ensemble cast". Knowing an attack by the militants is imminent, the CIA staff of the Annex makes several desperate calls for help. National security adviser Robert O'Brien said America will never forget this "outrage" and will continue to seek justice. Ambassador to Libya), Sean Smith (Information Management Officer, U.S. Foreign Service), Tyrone “Rone” Woods (GRS Operator for Annex Security Team in Benghazi), Glen “Bub” Doherty (GRS Operator in Tripoli, Libya – part of the Quick Reaction Force sent from Tripoli to Benghazi after the compound was under attack). [29], 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 7, 2016. The Select Committee on Benghazi is still trying to get to the bottom of why help never came. WAMG: I’ve spoken at great length to U.S. Marines who have read the book and are still bothered, even hostile, over the whole incident and what happened during the Benghazi hearings. So far no charges have been brought and no-one has been arrested in an investigation being led by the FBI, but a $10 million reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest of the attackers. or redistributed. WAMG: Was there any time while on set and during filming that you had to walk away? The AP Didn't Really Mean to Suggest France 'Incites' Islamic Terror, Did It. Huge passion for film scores, lives for the Academy Awards, loves movie trailers. 13 HOURS tells the true account of the events of when Islamic militants attacked the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound (or simply – the American diplomatic compound, it was not the U.S. Embassy) and a CIA station called The Annex in Benghazi, Libya from the personal stories of five of the surviving American private security operators that were on the ground that day. Wondered what your thoughts are re Ambassador refusing to leave. In the film's most controversial scene, the CIA chief in Benghazi (identified only as "Bob") tells the military contractors there, who seek permission to go defend the embassy, to "stand down", thus denying them permission. The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames on September 11, 2012. Doherty is also killed when a third mortar detonates directly in front of him. The numbers that most people don’t realize is that there are between 3,500 and 5,000 contractors that have died since 2001 in 80 countries, and over 30,000 wounded. JT: There was definitely a flashback when we walked onto the set that was The Annex – it was really close to how it was. “Members of both organisations continue to pose a threat to US interests in Libya,” it added, in a statement.

There was no “fog of war” that prevented the Department of Defense from sending military assets to Benghazi — just a foggy narrative that was created by the commander in chief and secretary of state to explain the debacle without looking weak and feckless two months before an election. MG: We’ve seen an extended piece of footage – about 20 minutes of it. That’s just the truth. US names groups suspected of Benghazi attack.

The incident sparked controversy and ignited a political firestorm in the United States. The studio didn’t know it was his birthday, because when we both heard it was going to be released on January 15th, we said to each other – what are the odds?

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