In anticipation of the release of the movie Lone Survivor next month, Dan Klaidman has just published an excellent article on Marcus Luttrell in The Daily Beast, under their banner “The Hero Project.” The article is entitled Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell Survived the Taliban, But His Struggle Was Just Starting, and can be read by clicking here.
Based on the book Marcus published in 2007, the Lone Survivor movie is already getting plenty of attention in the media. Once again, Hollywood will bring uncomfortable attention to the SEALs, further challenging the SEAL community’s leaders as they struggle to maintain a “Quiet Professionals” ethos in the Teams.
The movie will resurrect and retell Marcus’s Lone Survivor story, making it available to a broader audience. I hope it is done well, honestly and respectfully, and doesn’t over-glorify what the Navy SEAL Ethos calls “a common man, with uncommon desire to succeed.” In whatever manner the movie tells the story, it will further color and shape how the public views the SEALs, and add a new dimension to Marcus’s story and how we remember the brave men who died on that mountain in Afghanistan.
I strongly recommend reading Dan Klaidman’s article in The Daily Beast. It looks at Marcus’s life since the disaster that day in Afghanistan, and reflects how, since leaving the Navy, Marcus has been in a very different crucible, one for which neither SEAL training nor combat had prepared him. The article tells us that Marcus continues to rise to the challenges of being a public figure, and in the process, has matured into a wiser, more world-savvy, but still feisty, SEAL warrior.
The release of the movie will once again thrust Marcus Luttrell into the spotlight. And once again, he will represent not only himself and his teammates from that fateful day in 2005, but also his teammates who continue to serve in the Teams. This time, it will not be new territory for him.