Think of any big summer action film, and chances are, that quite a few jarheads are present, running around in their camoflauge, ten-hutting all over the place.
The reason why those guys look so authentic however, is because most of them are actual soldiers. The US Military isn’t shy to loan out some officers and equipment for the movies, especially when the end result makes them look good, and acts as a little bit of free
propaganda press on the side.
One film that the US Military was not too keen on joining however? The Avengers, as they didn’t agree with the depiction of super-soldiers, Asgardians and that other guy with astounding anger management problems as being realistic enough.
Phil Strub, the Defense Department’s Hollywood liaison, spoke to Wired about the lack of any authentic US Army personnel in the film, all thanks to Nick Fury and super-secret spy agency, SHIELD;
We couldn’t reconcile the unreality of this international organization and our place in it. To whom did SHIELD. answer? Did we work for SHIELD? We hit that roadblock and decided we couldn’t do anything [with the film].
What makes this kind of funny however, is how the Defense Department has worked with other films in the past, films which are even more unrealistic than The Avengers.
They were on board for Iron Man and Independence Day, and let’s not forget how enthusiastic the US Navy was to help out in Peter Bergs Battleship.
But introducing a secret peace-keeping organization with authority over them? Hells no, says the military engine.
Last Updated: May 8, 2012