This year, we already saw the Navy SEALs parachute into the red carpet for the premiere of the film Act of Valor.
Almost three months since then, the United States Navy is back in Hollywood, this time for the U.S. premiere of the movie “Battleship.”
Nearly 50 Sailors walked the blue carpet, alongside cast members Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano, Col. Gregory D. Gadson, Hamish Linklater, Rico McClinton and Liam Neeson, for the special screening prior to the movie’s release in more than 3,000 theaters nationwide.
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Tim Gutherperson, who serves aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65), shared: “I’m happy that they finally made a film that highlights who we are and is an accurate depiction of what we do.”
The cast, as well as director Peter Berg, writers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, and producers Brian Goldner, Scott Stuber, Sarah Aubrey, Duncan Henderson and Bennett Schneir, were also present at the premiere, signing autographs and interacting with the Sailors.
Taylor Kitsch, who plays lead character Lt. Alex Hopper in the movie, shared that the sacrifices made by Sailors and their families really stood out for him: “This film is really a tip of the hat to you guys; the true heroes.”
Brooklyn Decker, who plays the lead female character Sam in the movie, shared: “They taught us more than we ever knew about the Navy, which was pretty special… We actors only play heroes, so the fact that they were there helping us along was incredible, and it also gave something real to the movie. It’s a big, fun, summer, alien action movie, so to have something real felt very special to us.”
Battleship will be released on May 18.