Skip to comments."It's a movie, so it's not true-true, but the basics are there" [says nitwit in Haditha movie]
Posted on 09/08/2007 7:50:37 AM PDT by RedRover
Dan Rather immortalized the phrase "fake but accurate". Now a Marine-turned-actor tells the media that Nick Broomfield's Battle for Haditha is "not true-true but the basics are there".
The actor is Montreal-born Eric Mehalacopoulos who stars in Broomfield's slanderous film about Haditha. Broomfield brings to life Congressman Murtha's account of enraged Marines, extracting vengence for an IED, by indiscriminately slaughtering innocent Iraqis.
"Not true-true" is at odds with director Broomfield who bills his latest film (which received its world premiere in Toronto this past week) as "the unflinching true story".
But after five hearings regarding the incident in Haditha, Murtha's account has now been officially revealed as a lie from the start.
Of course, anyone without an anti-war bias already knew that.
The original stories about Haditha were based on a tale told by insurgent sympathizers. And Murtha revealed on CNN in May 2006 that his "proof" was Time magazine.
So, in truth, Battle for Haditha is neither "a true story" nor even "not true-true". It is an anti-American, anti-Marine Corps, piece of propaganda.
And nitwits like Marine veteran Eric Mehalacopoulos helped.
According to The Gazette (Montreal)...
Battle for Haditha is a look at a dark moment for the U.S. military in Iraq. On Nov. 19, 2005, 24 Iraqis were killed in the city in western Iraq....But months later, allegations surfaced that the dead Iraqis were all civilians - not insurgents - and that they had been massacred by the U.S. marines as payback for the killing of a fellow marine.
Mehalacopoulos admits the incident doesn't reflect well on the marines, though he continues to call the U.S. Marine Corps "a great organization." He knows about the intense pressure the troops are under in Iraq, but he says that's where the leadership comes in: squad leaders have to make sure the guys don't snap.
He is aware of the irony that while he believes the marines are an ultra-disciplined fighting force, he is starring in a film that showcases the marines at their most undisciplined....
Broomfield - whose other films include Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam and Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer - wrote a detailed script outline but did not have a finished screenplay. Instead much of the dialogue was improvised during the shooting, and Broomfield relied on the ex-marines to try to keep it real. But there were some on-set squabbles between the Iraq veterans and the filmmaker.
"It's a movie, so it's not true-true, but the basics are there," said Mehalacopoulos. "It is somewhat exaggerated, and those were some of the arguments we had with the director. Because we're experts in our field."
Mehalacopoulos and his Marine veterans co-stars (including Elliot Ruiz and Andrew McLaren) are certainly not experts on Haditha or the accused that they portray. There is no evidence that squad leader SSgt. Frank Wuterich, or the Marines who fought beside him "snapped".
The Haditha Marines will be exonerated in court, where facts matter and allegations are distinguished from truth. But the accused, the U.S. military, will never be exonerated in the court of public opinion for Haditha. It's sickening that Marine veterans are going along for the Hollywood ride.
And there's more under keyword: hadithafilm
Mehalacopoulos admits he hasn't been closely following the debate in Canada about the country's combat mission in Afghanistan.
"I don't know enough to talk about it, but I just hope that Canada makes independent choices and does it because they think it's right and not because they think Big Brother wants them to do that."
Note she was NOT convicted merely because she was employed by the Nazis. It was the content of her broadcasts that convicted her, specifically a radio drama, not even the offense of dressing as a Red Cross nurse and obtaining quotes from US prisonsers of war in Germany and using their quotes out of context.
This fairy’s tale isn’t going to make it past Toronto.
It’s short and full of nobodys.
The article also mentions that this movie (in Startling Crap-O-La Vision!) does not have a North American distributor yet.
With DePalma’s no-budget anti-war opus also on the market, I * do * think this movie may have its run in Toronto and die a deserved inglorious death.
Am I that obvious that I didn't bother to read the article?
Eric Mehalacopoulos, Elliot Ruiz and Andrew McLaren have forsaken their brother Marines for the almighty buck. They are sad excuses for Americans and have forgotten the meaning of Semper Fidelis, in reality they probably never had it in the first place.
The clairvoyance of your perception is already legendary.
The bargain rack at the dollar store in twenty days or less.
That is my favorite vintage pic.
I just can’t bring myself to read the Gazette story. My head already hurts from clenching my teeth as I read the idiotic, “It’s not true-true.” Ugh. No, you dorkosaurus, it is false-false, and you are helping perpetuate a disgusting lie. I hope you lose sleep over it.
I added your post onto the web at Free Dominion:- "It's a movie, so it's not true-true, but the basics are there" [says nitwit in Haditha movie] ^, and I added the listings for the venues it's playing at:
Tuesday September 11 -- 06:45PM -- SCOTIABANK THEATRE 3
Thursday September 13 -- 03:15PM -- SCOTIABANK THEATRE 3
Saturday September 15 -- 09:00AM -- ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM.
Sept. 11. Ghoulish timing.
It’s only my opinion but I believe any theater chain that shows any of these anti-military pieces of trash will see a backlash from it.
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Monday saw the preem of Anglo helmer Nick Broomfield's Iraq docudrama "Road to Haditha," another in the long line of issue-heavy pics currently making the Toronto, and world fest, rounds. Broomfield pic is a blow-by-blow re-creation of the events that led to a platoon of U.S. Marines killing 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha.Hope they lose their shirts!
"This film was a chance to go beyond the headlines," said "Haditha" producer Donall McCusker. "The war in Iraq is one of the most significant events in the world today. For us to be scared about talking about it and tackling it because it's seen on the news everyday would be the wrong thing to do. I don't think there are too many films about Iraq being made, although I accept there are a lot of Iraq films being made."
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