Jason Hall on Why ‘Thank You for Your Service’ was the Toughest Script He’s Ever Written

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With the PTSD drama Thank You For Your Service now playing in theaters, last week I got to sit down with writer-director Jason Hall for an extended video interview. Based on journalist David Finkel’s 2013 nonfiction book of the same name, the film tells the story of a few soldiers returning home from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life. Miles Teller leads the cast that also includes Haley Bennet, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey, and Jayson Warner Smith.

During the interview Hall talked about the development process of the film, how at one point Steven Spielberg thought about helming the picture, how the story changed during the writing process (at one point Daniel Day Lewis was thinking about playing the therapist in the film, when a draft of the script had him as the main character), what he learned from friends and family screenings, how director Taylor Hackford’s advice impacted the film, the casting process, what people would be surprised to learn about the process for treating our troops after they return from battle, and so much more.

Image via Universal Pictures/DreamWorks

Check out what Jason Hall had to say in the player above and below is a list of what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.

Jason Hall:

Here’s the official synopsis for Thank You For Your Service:

DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

Image via Universal Pictures/DreamWorks

Image via Universal Pictures/DreamWorks

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