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“Hacksaw Ridge” Premiere: Andrew Garfield, Mel Gibson discuss upcoming WW2 drama

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Lionsgate held the premier for “Hacksaw Ridge” this week. The cast and crew of the action-drama hit the red-carpet to discuss the importance of the film, and discussed what it was like bringing the story of a WWII vet to the big-screen. The film itself will release next week on November 4, 2016.

Andrew Garfield, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer and Vince Vaughn were among the cast that attended the event this week, along with the film’s director Mel Gibson. The film also stars Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths. Gibson directed the film working off a screenplay written by Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight.

The film is based on the true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Mel Gibson discussed the film ahead of its release saying, “When I heard the story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector in the U.S. to receive the Medal of Honor, I was astounded by the extent of his sacrifice.” Gibson added, “Here was a man who, in the most pure, selfless, and almost unconscious way, repeatedly risked his own life to save the lives of his brothers. Desmond was a completely ordinary man who did extraordinary things.”

“Desmond Doss was singular. There are few, if any people, who could or would replicate his action,” Gibson added. “The humility he maintained in discussing his heroics is a testament to the mettle of the man. In fact, Desmond was asked permission for years to adapt his story into a film, and repeatedly declined, insisting that the “real heroes” were the ones in the ground. In a cinematic landscape overrun with fictional “superheroes,” I thought it was time to celebrate a real one.”

Gibson also spoke about the film’s leading man, saying that Andrew Garfield, “truly inhabited the character and captured the essence of Desmond Doss, and the
supporting cast and crew delivered in spades.” You can watch a few selected moments from the red-carpet premiere below.

“Hacksaw Ridge” is set to release on November 4, 2016 from Lionsgate.

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