As I mentioned yesterday, Renee and Nadja stood in line for the advance screening of BATTLESHIP on Pearl Harbor.
Renee posted her review here and the experience here. She took pictures of the cast, including a double amputee.
Nadja posted her review and experience on Facebook here. She identified the double amputee - Lieutenant Colonel Greg Gadson.
Greg is the real star of BATTLESHIP. From Yahoo in Australia (at this link):
However, when Lt. Col. Greg Gadson agreed to play the part of a double amputee in Battleship - he himself lost two legs while serving in Iraq in 2007 when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb - little did this 46-year-old career soldier realise how much screen-time he would get.
"I thought I'd be in the movie for just a couple of moments," admits Gadson. "So I was shocked when I found out that I wasn't just doing a cameo but that I was an integral part of the whole film."
Let me repeat that.
"One door closed in his life. He opened others for himself."
Again from Yahoo,
Battleship director Peter Berg had seen Gadson in a feature in National Geographic about "tomorrow's people", a group whose missing or ruined body parts were being replaced by devices embedded in their nervous systems that respond to commands from their brains.
As Battleship is about the US military fight against an army of robot-like aliens, Berg had the nifty idea to cast a real-life soldier who had lost both limbs above the knee and who could now walk because of breakthroughs in bionic prosthetics.
But Gadson proved to be such a charismatic, commanding presence as the gruff, gutsy veteran and amputee treated by Brooklyn Decker's physical therapist that he ended up showing his stuff in at least a dozen scenes - even getting the big heroic moment usually reserved for a major star.
I'm getting a bit teary eyed - this is powerful stuff.
One more time from Yahoo,
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Kim in Hawaii