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Band of Brothers--Thoughts on the Production
I'm proud - in one way or another and more or less - of every project we've worked on over the years, but Band of Brothers will always occupy a special place in my heart and mind. Given the size of the effort, its huge critical and popular reception and our success in helping bring it to the screen, Band of Brothers represents a sort of culmination of our efforts, a shining example of what Warriors Inc. can do given the confidence and support of film-makers. It also proved to scoffers and critics that when we build a unit, it stays built and works effectively as a unit even after training and when everyone else has relaxed into the groove.
An unusual aspect of this effort was portraying living heroes; the men of Easy Company who survived the war and were there to inspire us and provide invaluable insight. We were honored to consult with men such as Dick Winters, Bill Guarnere, Babe Hefron, Ron Spiers, Carwood Lipton and a number of others who communicated with us by phone and visited us on primary sets at Hatfield north of London. All of us who were privileged to meet and spend time with the guys knew for certain we were in the company of heroes.
To this day, many of the actors and extras that served with us in Easy Company are still in regular contact; with me and with each other. That may be unusual in Hollywood or ShowBiz, but it's typical among veterans. And it goes a long way to demonstrate how effective Warriors Inc. training can be. As a side-note, I think my own portrayal of Colonel Bob Sink, Commanding Officer of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was perhaps my best performance to date. I humbly credit that to a rare opportunity to bring an Army Airborne legend to life on screen.