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Old 08-09-2004, 04:51 PM   #1
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Band of Brothers

While watching Band of Brothers I realised that sometimes I idolize the wrong people. The actors must have a huge ego to play real soldiers from the 101st Airborne.

With movies like Indy it's alright because it's fiction and so much fun.
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Old 08-09-2004, 05:47 PM   #2
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Oops, I asked about this in your SPR thread. I guess you have seen this.

Yes, it's great to have people appreciate what everyone did during WWII (not just Easy), but I also think of the actor potraying the real person rather than what they really look like. The reason for that being I've seen BoB more times than I've read the book.

Even action figures customized on eBay potray the actor. I've seen a Winters, Nixon and Spears and both had great resemblances to the actors, not the real guys.
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Old 08-09-2004, 08:32 PM   #3
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Well, to be frank, I think many of them would have just seen it as another acting job - and probably one tht would lead to better things in the future. I'm not sure ego has much to do with it.

Maybe if someone is lusting to portray Napoleon or Hitler or someone like that... then that can be construed as ego. But is it ego to play someone you probably hadn't heard of before reading the script? Hardly.
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Old 08-09-2004, 11:37 PM   #4
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Well, to be frank, I think many of them would have just seen it as another acting job - and probably one tht would lead to better things in the future. I'm not sure ego has much to do with it.

Maybe if someone is lusting to portray Napoleon or Hitler or someone like that... then that can be construed as ego. But is it ego to play someone you probably hadn't heard of before reading the script? Hardly.


I'd say that some of the actors do have huge egos. During the documentary Captain Dale Dye (actor from BoB's) remarks to the actors after their two weeks of training "You've earned the right to call yourself part of Easy Company now." The actors didn't object to the Captain's twisted logic.
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Old 08-31-2005, 09:44 PM   #5
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If you have not seen this series you need to! It's fantastic!
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Old 09-01-2005, 01:32 AM   #6
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Who is your favorite character?(I think Bull was mine)
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Old 09-01-2005, 05:22 PM   #7
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Sobel, Winters & Nixon.
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Old 09-02-2005, 03:09 AM   #8
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Yeah Nixon ruled, Have you seen Office Space?
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Old 12-15-2007, 12:19 PM   #9
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Band of brothers

I was wondering and pretty sure
have all of you ever seen Band if Brothers
its fairly popular and very fantastic. It is about the 101th airborne Easy Company
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:28 PM   #10
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Yeah I've seen a few of the episodes there great I wouldn't mind getting it on DVD
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:56 PM   #11
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yeah i have the complete miniseries in the tin box. its very cool.
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Old 12-15-2007, 06:05 PM   #12
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I have had the tin Dvd set w/ all the episodes and extras for a few years now. Absolutely amazing. There is no other way to describe these men and what they did. Its almost all true. I reccomend this DVD big time and while your at it, pick up the book by Abrose. Its a great companion piece to what is IMO the best "look" at war ever filmed/told.
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Old 12-15-2007, 06:23 PM   #13
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My dad has the DVD tin box set and loves it, and has several books by Stephen Ambrose. He's a huge WWII buff.

I've never seen it, though. The idea of watching, what, a 10 hour(?) mini-series is kind of daunting. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to seeing it.
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Old 12-15-2007, 06:27 PM   #14
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My dad has the DVD tin box set and loves it, and has several books by Stephen Ambrose. He's a huge WWII buff.

I've never seen it, though. The idea of watching, what, a 10 hour(?) mini-series is kind of daunting. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to seeing it.

Just watch one a day. Also History Channel plays them all around Christmas time every year. And even tho its been out for like 4-5 yrs on DVD, i still see the commericals for the DVD every year. (Which is pretty crazy)
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:00 PM   #15
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Just be careful watching stuff like this. There is a lot of hidden propaganda in it.

The true story of WWII may never be known, because of propaganda laden productions like "Band of Brothers", "Private Ryan", "Schindlers List", and numerous others.

I would encourage anyone interested in REAL, TRUE History to do research on their own, and don't just accept the Hollywood version.

Slick Hollywood productions go down easy. The truth is a bit harder to digest, but infinitely more nutritious.
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Old 12-18-2007, 09:03 AM   #16
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I saw Band of Brothers when it first aired. I must watch it again, I really liked it.
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:53 PM   #17
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Just be careful watching stuff like this. There is a lot of hidden propaganda in it.

The true story of WWII may never be known, because of propaganda laden productions like "Band of Brothers", "Private Ryan", "Schindlers List", and numerous others.

I would encourage anyone interested in REAL, TRUE History to do research on their own, and don't just accept the Hollywood version.

Slick Hollywood productions go down easy. The truth is a bit harder to digest, but infinitely more nutritious.
yeah i have two great uncles who fought in world war two

one pacific one europe

both won combat infrantry badge
one got the purple heart
i have told u about my great grandfather of the yugosalvian army who was forced to fight , and risked his life becuase he would not shoot a jewish man who he was ordered to shoot by his german officer (when hitler invade yugosalvia he converted yugosalvian army into the german army).. He escaped with fake passports wiht the rest of his family who had already escaped.!!!!
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:04 PM   #18
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I just recently started watching the series, and man was I missing out!! I enjoyed the first 3 episodes so much, that I just ordered the box set from Amazon. So far I've just been amazed at the quality of the show. It has top notch acting, directing, cinematography, and production design! Not to mention one of the best scores I've heard in a while! I highly recommend this to anyone who hasn't seen it!
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:44 PM   #19
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I have had the dvd set for well over a year now, and I still have not watched beyond the second episode.

It is not that I dislike it; it's that I keep forgetting that I have the dvds!
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Sergeant Spears my favorite and Guarneer
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:38 PM   #21
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Who is your favorite character?(I think Bull was mine)

I would have to go with Winters. I mean, look at what Damian Lewis did with the character. He ran with it. And this was non-fiction! Not to mention, he got the blessing and recognition from the real-life counterpart(Richard Winters). He stands out more than anyone in the series because of Lewis. His American accent was also spot on. Everything about his portrayal and performance was top notch.


Matthew Settle did an excellent job with Captain Speirs too. My second favorite character. He played a very fanatical soldier to perfection. Just watch the episode "Carentan" when they dig in on the outskirts.


Donnie Wahlberg as Captain Carwood Lipton. He gives a pleasantly surprising performance. Fantastic job.


Shane Taylor as Cpl Eugene Roe (medic). The cajun medic who defied great odds to aid anyone down in his vicinity. He does an outstanding job in the series!


These are some of my favorite characters from the series. I am a huge fan. I'm sure many people here on the Raven forums have seen this great series. For anyone who has not, give it a rent. The blu ray is the supreme version for it as well. Get that instead of the DVD, if you can.
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Old 09-01-2010, 01:51 PM   #22
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These are some of my favorite characters from the series. I am a huge fan. I'm sure many people here on the Raven forums have seen this great series. For anyone who has not, give it a rent. The blu ray is the supreme version for it as well. Get that instead of the DVD, if you can.

I concur entirely. Band of Brothers was a fantastic series. I have to settle for the DVD tin set, and it'd due for a re-watch, if I hadn't already got a mountain of new DVDs to watch!
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Old 09-01-2010, 01:51 PM   #23
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I actually cried my eyes out watching this scene in History class. It was when we were studying the holocaust earlier this year.

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My grandfather ran away from home and joined the army when he was 16. They shipped him to England to train as a paratrooper. He graduated and made 11 jumps into the European theater. However, he told about how he had made two "secret" jumps into Germany of which the government never gave him credit for. He brought home a 1939 Nazi coin as a souvenir.

He rarely talked about the war, it was something he didn't like to remember. Knowing this, I never asked him about it, but I listened when he told stories, mostly of mischievous trouble.

Everyone's are important stories, they teach a lot about life. When they're gone and forgotten, something's wrong.
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The Pacific

I finally watched the two Spielberg / Hanks miniseries on HBO Now. Really excellent. The surviving Marines featured in The Pacific are pretty much all gone now, including one from my hometown the credits said was still alive. I suppose the same is true for Band of Brothers. Snafu played by Rami Malek from Mr. Robot was a highlight. Here's someone who knew Merriell "Snafu" Shelton.
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