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Helmer Talks WE WERE SOLDIERS

Randall Wallace talks about recreating one of the most savage battles of the Vietnam War.

By Frank Kurtz     July 17, 2001
Source: New York Daily News


Mel Gibson in THE PATRIOT
© 2001 Columbia Pictures, Inc.

Randall Wallace is talking about how he shot the upcoming Mel Gibson starring WE WERE SOLDIERS.


While talking to New York Daily News columnist Rush and Molloy, Wallace set the stage talking about the real battle that inspired the book WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE... AND YOUNG, and the subsequent film, saying, "This was a gut-wrenching, hand-to-hand battle that lasted for three days. The Vietnamese ... call it the 'Valley of Screaming Souls.' Veterans who've visited the place get shudders."


Wallace then touched upon recreating the event using actors. First, he put the cast, which also included Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Barry Pepper and Denis Leary Gibson, through two weeks of tough training in the Army's Ranger School.


As for the filming itself, Wallace says, "I knew they weren't going to get shot. But I had to be careful with [the actors]. They tried so hard, I thought they might dislocate a shoulder. They are not cowards."

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