PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dom Giordano talked to Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL whose memoir, Lone Survivor, was adapted for the film starring Mark Wahlberg Monday on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.
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Luttrell is currently traveling the nation as part of his Patriot Tour, where he and other military veterans speak on their combat experiences.
“It’s very humbling…The American public, as a whole, loves their servicemen and women and what they do for their country. To have an opportunity to hear some of the stories that don’t really make it out into the public eye is quite an opportunity and that’s why we do it,” Luttrell said of the reception the Patriot Tour is met with throughout the country.
Luttrell added that he’s very happy with the film version of “Lone Survivor” but wasn’t the one who chose Wahlberg for the role.
“I tried to stay as far away from that as I possibly could. I let Peter Berg, the director, handle all of that,” he said.
One thing that stood out to Luttrell was how ready the cast was ready to delve into their respective roles.
“When we first met each other, these guys came to the set, we threw them straight to the deep end of the pool…’Suit up, grab your rifle — we got to go to work.’ And they did it — no push back, no nothing. There were no divas on the set. They worked as hard as they possibly could,” Luttrell said.
“Most of the time, we don’t like or are not allowed to talk about what we do…so when it does come time for us to divulge some of the operations that we do, it’s taken me a long time to get over any speed bumps or hurdles to talk about it openly,” Luttrell explained when speaking of the difficulties some in the military face when sharing their stories publicly.
Luttrell and the Patriot Tour will be in Harrisburg on March 18th at the Forum Auditorium.