Highway to the danger zone

Anytime filmmakers want military assets – ships or tanks or planes – they have to give the Pentagon five copies of their script. And, if there’s anything in the script that’s negative, the Pentagon wants them to take it out. And so they negotiate, and take out any war crimes or foul language, or drinking. Anything that would make the military look bad. And then, after the agreement is made, the military sends a minder onto the set, when the film is being shot, to make sure it’s shot just the way they agreed. And then, once the film is completed, it has to be shown to the Pentagon, admirals and generals, before it’s shown to the public. Dozens of films have not been made because they couldn’t get military assistance. [link]

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