What did you think when filmmaker Edet Belzberg approached you about this film?
I was at work, and she called me directly at my desk, introduced herself and asked me if I'd be interested. I was humbled and delighted she would ask me to do this, but I told her it really wasn't my say whether I could or not. To be quiet honest - not that I was indifferent to doing it - but I kind of blew it off like, "Oh, this is just another form of congratulations," which I appreciated but didn't really see happening. And then a couple of days later I got calls from my public-affairs officers, and I guess it made its way all the way up the channels. The Army requested that I consider doing it. Edet came down and shadowed me for a couple of days. We ultimately made a decision and let my chain of command know that I thought that it would be a good thing to support.
With the politics surrounding the war, were you at all afraid you'd be characterized badly in the film?
I really didn't have any issues with the way they were gonna characterize me. I'm one of those guys that ... I'm a chest-thumping freedom fighter. It's what I believe in, and I'm a patriot. Those people that are most important to me in life - my family, my personal friends and my brothers in arms in the military - they know that's what I'm about and that I'm passionate about what I do for a living. So I had no issues and told my chain of command, "You know, if I'm gonna be hindered to left-and- right limits as to changing my personality for this film, then I don't want to do it." I wanted to show who I am, and no one had any issues with that.