Former U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell praised the soon-to-be released film “Lone Survivor” on the Glenn Beck Program Wednesday, saying the actors “portray the guys brilliantly.”
The film is based on the true events chronicled by Luttrell in “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.”
Asked to summarize what happened for the few in the audience who don’t already know the story, Luttrell said that in Afghanistan in 2005, “19 of us went in, and then five days later, I made it out.”
Luttrell said he crawled for “six or seven miles” through the mountains before being taken in by villagers, but when Beck pressed him for more on the story, Luttrell explained that the reason he crawled was because his back was broken and he had been shot. He described himself as “pretty busted up.”
“I laid down to die twice. I thought I was at that closing mark,” Luttrell said, but he told himself to “quit being a little wimp about it.” So, he took a rock and drew a line in the sand, and said he would drag himself until his feet crossed the line. When they did, he did it again, for somewhere between 8 to 12 hours.
Beck noted that the scene is not in the movie, commenting: “Every opportunity to make yourself look good, you didn’t. Every opportunity to make your friends look good, you did.”
But Luttrell said they just “told it how it happened.”
“My exploits and everything are moot at best because I’m alive, and, I mean, what’s there to talk about,” he said simply. “My teammates didn’t make it.”
The former SEAL said that while it was an incredibly difficult movie to make, he’s relieved that it was done “right” and that the families have “embraced and appreciated it.”
“I’ve been carrying that burden around with me forever,” he said. “‘Am I doing this right? Am I leaving something out? Am I not working hard enough…’ Just all doubts. I used to never have a doubt in my mind about anything. Now listen to me, man, I’m a train wreck.”
Luttrell’s wife Melanie was also on the program, and said the first few times she watched the film, she was watching it for accuracy — nothing more.
But when she actually allowed herself to watch it, Melanie said: “I bawled my eyes out. Bawled my eyes out for everybody. For the families. What the guys went through. For Marcus. As soon as it was over I just wanted to run and give him a big hug … It hurt. It’s an intense movie.”
“As you know, everybody loves you guys, and what you guys are doing for our returned servicemen who are struggling,” Beck remarked. “We’d like to give the Lone Survivor Foundation $50,000. Movie opening this weekend, do not miss it.”
Luttrell also called in to Beck’s radio program on Thursday, speaking more about the movie and how he originally met actor Mark Wahlberg, who played him in the movie.
You can watch the entire segment below.
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