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Forget Rihanna – Battleship’s True Star? Iraq Vet Greg Gadson



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A Home Front commenter named “BreakRight” noted on “What Should You Watch This Weekend” that he absolutely loved Battleship.  He wrote:

Major, major tip of the hat to the inclusion of the Navy veterans who were given the role of “still heroes when asked”. Special recognition to Col Gregory D Gadsen (US Army), a double-amputee who lost both legs above the knee to an IED in Baghdad, who portrays a soldier dealing with that loss.

John Hanlon has the full story here:

Rarely does a movie make you want to leap to your feet in support of our military men and women, as the new film Battleship does, at least when it unabashedly celebrates our soldiers.

But did you know one of its unlikely stars is a real-life veteran who was seriously injured in Iraq?

The poster may highlight Oscar nominee Liam Neeson, pop star Rihanna and heartthrob Taylor Kitsch. But they’re not the real stars. Greg Gadson, a true American hero who portrays a wounded veteran, deserves the title. Gadson’s career brought him from the streets of Iraq to theaters nationwide. According to a recent USA Today article, Gadson was a lieutenant colonel with the Second Battalion and 32nd Field Artillery in Iraq until a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle on the way home from a memorial service. A few days after the attack, he awoke at Walter Reed Hospital with his legs amputated above the knees.

The soldier didn’t believe that people outside of the military would be interested in him, but once his story received coverage, he got the recognition he deserved.Battleship director Peter Berg was one of the people who expressed interest in Gadson. According to the article, Berg was “overwhelmed by Gadson’s story” and “tried for three weeks to offer him a part in the movie.”

Read the rest here.



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