I don’t do this ever on my blog, because I think “One More Thing” is a very easy and safe spot. I’m protective of it. It’s not meant for serious things like religion, politics, darkness. But I’m going to be as raw as this movie was for me. Because I don’t know how to make this funny or cute. It isn’t.
One More Thing To Watch: Lone Survivor
“I’ve been around the world twice, talked to everybody once.
Seen two whales f-ck, been to three world fairs,
and I even know a man in Thailand with a wooden c-ck.
I’ve pushed more peter, more sweeter, and more completer, than any other peter pusher around.
I’m a hard-bodied, hairy-chested, rootin’-tootin’ shootin,’ parachutin’ demolition double-cap crimpin’ frogman.”
There ain’t nothing I can’t do. No sky too high, no sea too rough, no muff too tough.
Learned a lot of lessons in my life. Never shoot a large caliber man with a small caliber bullet.
I drive all kinds of trucks, 2x, 4x, 6x, and those big mother-ckers that bend and go “CHHH CHHH” when you step on the brakes.
Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing, moderation is for cowards.
I’m a lover, I’m a fighter, I’m a UDT Navy seal diver.
I’ll wine, dine, and intertwine. Then sneak out the back when the re-fueling is done.
So if you’re feeling froggy then you better jump, because this Frogman has been there, done that, and is going back for more. Cheers boys.”
I don’t know your relationship with the US military. I won’t sit here and tell you how to feel when it comes to the Armed Forces, because I have many feelings of my own that I wish I could learn how to share. I will, however, sit here and tell you that I am a proud, very proud, supporter of our military and everything they stand for. I have a very personal relationship with our military, and also a very private one. But I will tell you that if I said I didn’t think about the military every single day I would be lying. I have seen the good that it does, the great effects of it on my own family and families of those around me, the great effects of it on our country. But if you know me, you know I have also seen the bad, how it can change people, and how it can alter who you are.
Part of me is broken from some of the things I’ve seen happen to people I love. And watching movies like this breaks me in a way I don’t know how to articulate. I don’t think I’m weak for being that way, I’m human, and this is always going to be an uninvited trigger.
With that said, the hurt I have cannot equate to even one millionth of the hurt and emotion that would come out of someone who has fought oversees, or who knows someone who has died fighting for our country and could sit through this movie without having to walk away. The amount of respect I have…pain I feel, for them and not for me…it’s just hard. This movie is hard. This story is hard.
I think that everyone should see it, and when I first started writing this I didn’t know if I really believed that, but after a good friend talked some sense into me, I know that I do. And it would benefit you to talk to people you know who felt this movie hit a cord with them, it’s what I did. The story shows you that whether you agree with everything the military does or not, it deserves your respect. These guys who sacrifice their lives out there deserve your respect. That same friend (who talked me off the edge today while writing this and I am tremendously grateful for), said it in a way that I couldn’t. That this movie’s vices are its virtues, and the gruesome realness of the film shows you the unconditional love and true selflessness people can have for one another. I hurt, I just hurt. If you can’t handle the violence and gore that often comes with war time movies, it’ll be tough for you. But it will be worth it, I promise. I really, really promise that.
Lone Survivor has fundamentally grown my respect for people outside of our military, too. The respect I have for Mark Wahlberg is enormous, the man is incredible. Last year while filming, I read that Tom Cruise (we’re talking about him again…) made the unimaginable statement that actors who are training for certain roles are comparable to soldiers. Mark responded with this:
“For actors to sit there and talk about ‘Oh I went to SEAL training,’ and I slept on the —
I don’t give a f-ck what you did. You don’t do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there
and say my job was as difficult as somebody in the military’s. How f-cking dare you.
While you sit in a makeup chair for two hours. I don’t give a sh-t if you get your ass busted.
You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order f-cking chicken.
Or your steak. Whatever the f-ck it is.”
It’s pretty hard to find a bad thing to say about Wahlberg after remarks like that, besides that maybe he could be a little less profane with his Bahsten ahksent, kidding. (There we go, I found my light.) The movie centers on the book, ‘Lone Survivor,’ by Marcus Luttrell, unfolding the events of SEAL Team 10 in “Operation Red Wings.” It’s the story of four SEALs whose operative is to take out a Taliban leader in Afghanistan, a mission that eventually led to one of the greatest losses of life in American Navy SEAL history. It’s a true story, and that’s what hurts the most. Wahlberg plays Luttrell, and if you’ve done your homework, you know he plays him well.
I took so much from this movie, but it also took some of me. I know that is so weak and it seems so shallow–it was a movie, after all. But the compassion and courage shown by these guys just rocks you, and if you saw it you would understand why. And you should see it. The hearts of the men and women that fight for our country are undeniably larger than mine, and movies like this can remind all of us how big those hearts really are. And why those hearts deserve all of the respect and we have to offer.
So if you’re feeling froggy then you better jump.