Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Friday, July 11, 2008

Generation Kill: Fact or FIction

This Sunday, July 13th at 9:00 pm HBO ( US) and TMN (Canada) will air a seven part mini-series "Generation Kill" based on the book of the same name by Evan Wright.

Having met one of the Marines who was unfairly disparaged and inaccurately depicted in this book, and having spoken to several other Marines, some of whom where featured in a much better light, and after speaking to other embeds who were there at the same time, as well as respected authors with books on those first weeks of the invasion, all I can say with complete certainty is that Evan Wright has taken alot of creative license with events and in his depiction of several Marines.

That some Marines chose to use the project to advance a career in Hollywood at the expense of truth is not in keeping with the ethos of the Marine Corps.

"The Marine Corps, like the Army, has an office in Hollywood that advises producers, directors and writers working on projects that involve military subjects. But it did not participate in making “Generation Kill” and does not endorse it."
Read More Here.

For a detailed analysis of SOME of the factual errors in the book ( which have been reproduced in the mini series) read this from Lt.Col.Michael Shoup


While Sgt. Daniel “Casey Kasem” Griego also identified a long list of inaccuracies, and has spent the better part of four years trying to set the record straight, he did attend the premiere screening and stated aside from the fact there were plenty of inaccuracies, he mostly liked the film.

Sgt Griego's detailed list of inaccuracies can be found here: http://coinside.blogspot.com/2006/05/generation-kill-full-rebuttal.html

For an honest depiction of our Marines and the historically true story of battle of An Nasiriyah read Marines In The Garden of Eden, by Richard S. Lowry.


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