“Three, two, one. All clear. Target secure.”
Scott: It looks like just another high action movie, yet this film about a navy SEAL team rescuing a kidnapped CIA officer is about as real as Hollywood gets.
“This thing is way bigger than we thought it was.”
Scott: It is fiction but Act of valor is based on fact. Real navy SEAL missions and tactics, and includes actual navy SEALs.
“Every one of them, when approached about being a part of it said, ‘no.’ And that, in my mind, made them the absolute right guys to be a part of the platoon that’s featured in the film.”
Scott: It is a suprising decision by the Defense Department to allow SEALs to participate. Normally, navy SEAL missions are secret. And the SEALs themselves often don’t even admit to being part of one of the military’s most highly specialized forces.
Reporter: United States Special Forces raided a compound in Abbatabad, Pakistan.
Scott: When navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama bin Laden last May, the military would not even admit that the team existed. But the bin Laden mission brought new attention to the navy SEALs. And then recently, SEAL Team Six was in the news again for rescuing hostages being held by Somali pirates. Now the SEALs are hitting Hollywood. And some say the new film is really a tool to recruit new navy SEALs.
“This film does allow us to explain in a very visual way what being a SEAL means. I think this is a very valuable first look at what we do and how we do it.”
Scott: But some in the military community worry the government is giving up the SEALs biggest weapon — its secrets.
“Your splashing this all over the media and I flat don’t understand that.”
Scott: Earlier this month retired Lieutenant General James Vaught criticized the government for sharing too much information about successful SEAL missions.
“Next time, you’re going to fly in there and they are going to shoot down every damn helicopter and kill every one of your SEALs”
Scott: Yet the filmmakers say their movie is a tribute to courage and honor, something they feel should not be kept secret.