On a beautiful morning in November, we got a rare opportunity for a promotional interview. Instead of speaking with the stars of an upcoming film, we had the pleasure of speaking with John “Tig” Tiegen and Mark “Oz” Geist (portrayed by Dominic Fumusa and Max Martini in the film). These two real-life Marines will soon see themselves on the Big Screen (played by other actors) in the upcoming film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”. The film follows the attacks in Benghazi, Libya by Islamic militants on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. At the time, they were CIA-contractors and they felt obligated to help the diplomatic compound because “Americans help other Americans overseas”. We asked them about their time on-set; how Michael Bay’s mind was “constantly clicking” as he was trying to make the story as true-to-detail as possible. In-order to achieve true accuracy, the actors even picked-up the mannerisms of their real-life counterparts. They also made it clear that “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” has no political agenda and is NOT a shot at Hillary Clinton; as John said, “We just wanted to tell the truth”. We then learned a very interesting aspect of the film that sets-it apart from all of the other war films that have recently been released; this film followed the art of contracting. To learn more about it, make sure you listen to the full interview below! We want to thank John and Mark for their service and for taking time out of their schedules to tell us about their lives!
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is rated R for strong combat violence throughout, bloody images, and language and has a run time of 144 minutes; in theaters January 15th!
Listen to the full interview!
We would also like to shine a light on Mark’s Shadow Warriors Project. This foundation is a dedicated to the support of private military security contractors, conducting paramilitary security operations in some of the world’s most dangerous areas. Please click the link below for more information!