Vince Vaughn and Luke Bracey on Toning Down the Truth in ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
With director Mel Gibson’s fantastic new film Hacksaw Ridge now playing in theaters around the country, last week I sat down with Vince Vaughn and Luke Bracey for an exclusive video interview. If you’re not familiar with Hacksaw Ridge, the film tells the true story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious collaborator and Army medic who refused to bear arms during World War II, but ended up saving 75 men during the bloodiest battle of the war without firing a single bullet. Written by Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight, and Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace, it’s an incredibly well made film that doesn’t shy away from showing what really happens in war while also paying tribute to a man that did something next to impossible. While many of us love superhero movies, Hacksaw Ridge is about a real hero. It’s absolutely worth seeing in theaters. The film stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss and the rest of the great cast includes Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, and Vince Vaughn.
During the interview Vaughn and Bracey talked about balancing fact and fiction in the film, how they had to tone down the truth because audiences wouldn’t believe what Desmond Doss actually did in wartime, crafting the realistic and brutal action scenes, and more.
Watch what they had to say in the player above. If you missed my extended video interview with Mel Gibson you can watch it here.
Here’s the official synopsis for Hacksaw Ridge:
HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of conscientious collaborator Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He believed the war was just, but killing was nevertheless wrong; he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic, Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.