Memorial Day: ‘The Librarians’ Remember
By Kerry Patton
I was recently invited on set for TNT’s new television show called The Librarians which airs this winter. Considering a few veterans have a sour taste toward Hollywood, I hope this gets some persons within our own veteran community to see a different side of the industry. I know being on set for a few days opened my eyes.
Admittedly, I was a bit shocked walking on set the first day of filming and seeing approximately thirty military veterans readying themselves to play the role of an international force. I became flabbergasted after learning how much gratitude the cast and crew had toward our military and veteran community. Simply put, they love us! And learning this went against the norm in the community I was once involved with.
At first, I was skeptical and found myself asking whether this was all one public relations stunt– It wasn’t.
Many persons in Hollywood realize that for too long, our veteran community was being misrepresented and today, they are adamant about correcting that misrepresentation. The cast and crew from The Librarians are insistent in doing their part to resolve the matter.
Dean Devlin (Director), John Rogers (Creator), Rachel Olschan (Co-Executive Producer), Paul Bernard (1st AD/Producer), Austin Brewer (Stunt Coordinator) and the rest of cast and crew are brilliant and very meticulous in their work. They want to get the smallest details right no matter how serious or military-centric the show may be.
This is why they brought on so many veterans to play key roles.
After having a brief discussion with Austin Brewer, The Librarians Stunt Coordinator, about his thoughts working with so many veterans, everything became very clear to me.
“I don’t need to babysit these guys,” he said about the crew of veterans. “If these were normal actors and actresses, I would be spending a lot of time just teaching them how to hold these weapons, safety, teaching them about line of sight, entry procedures…I would be spending a lot of time with them.”
Austin then pointed at Dale Comstock and Jim Erwin, two former Delta Force operators, and chuckled aloud as he said, “Do you really think I need to tell those guys how to shoot and move?”
Of course, Austin’s question was rhetorical but it sounded refreshing to say the least. The guy gets it. And so did the rest of the team.
As my time on set was winding down, Paul Bernard and I were having a one on one discussion. I told him that I couldn’t thank him, Dean Devlin, John Rogers, and the rest of the crew enough for having me out on set. The timing was perfect considering some personal and professional struggles I was dealing with such as the anniversary of a colleague who died in Afghanistan on May 7th, 2008–Michael Bhatia.
Let’s just say that I am not a fan of Memorial Day. It brings back too many memories of some amazing people who I once worked alongside and I knew the holiday was quickly approaching.
I could see in Bernard’s eyes that he knew where I was coming from considering his father once served in an incredibly unique capacity on behalf of the US Government/military. Because of his eyes telling me so much, I decided to pull out my smart phone and asked if Paul would want to say something to our men and women who serve, who have served, those that didn’t make it home, along with the families of such persons for this upcoming Memorial Day.
Not only did Paul agree to the idea, he was prompt in spreading the word to some of his colleagues. The below is their message to each and every one of us, our families, and our brethren who couldn’t make it back. This comes from one of the most patriotic, military loving, teams I have had the privilege to work with out in Hollywood.
Enjoy the day but as stuntman Pat Walsh says at the end of this video, let’s not forget what this day is really about—our fallen warriors. Happy Memorial Day.
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