The key moment in Peter Berg's upcoming, fact-based war movie "Lone Survivor" occurs when four
"That's what grabbed me, that dilemma," Berg said during a Q&A following a screening of the film Wednesday night at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood. "These decisions happen every day -- and are still happening. We just don't hear about them. We don't think about them."
The film, adapted from former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's book, stands as Berg's attempt to prod moviegoers to think, for at least a couple of hours, about those decisions, along with the sacrifices that those in uniform make to serve their country.
Luttrell attended the screening, as did
"It's a situation that wasn't in the manual," Lutrell said of the encounter with the shepherds. "We ran with it. We dealt with it the best we could."
Lutrell remained actively involved in the movie after giving Berg the rights to his book, following an evening that, by Berg's count, included "500 beers" and many hours of conversation.
"I've never felt more pressure playing somebody," Walhberg said, "but I've never felt more pride, either."
"Lone Survivor" will open in a limited theatrical release on Dec. 27 before going wide on Jan. 10. Universal feels strongly enough about it that Ron Meyer, the studio's president, came to the screening Wednesday to introduce the film to a select group of academy members, journalists and industry folk.
Berg's past movies ("Friday Night Lights," "The Kingdom"), informed by what he calls the "psychology of violence," have never made any inroads at the
It should also be noted that Walhberg's work as the stalwart Lutrell is, in many respects, every bit as good as
"He was proud," Wahlberg said last night, looking over at Luttrell. "That was all that mattered to me."