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Ryan Phillippe: Premiere Magazine

Ryan Phillippe: Premiere Magazine

You play John "Doc" Bradley, a medic who was one of the Iwo Jima flag-raisers captured in the famous photograph.  Did you meet his son, James, who cowrote the book that the film is based on?  I had some amazing moments with James Bradley on set.  There’s a moment in the film where Doc is wounded While he’s on the ground, he hears someone screaming for a corpsman and crawls with shrapnel in his leg in rain over rock to find this guy.  I looked over and saw James Bradley watching me do this really heroic thing that his father had done.  He had tears in his eyes, and I started crying, and he gave me the thumbs-up.

I imagine Clint Eastwood took pains to get the period details just right.  He would sometimes stage images that he remembered seeing in Time or Life.  There were times where 500 guys were shooting guns and moving toward our enemy.  You’re always conscious of the fact that it’s not real, but when the explosions are going off, it feels as close to the real thing as you could get.  If a guy sprained his ankle, I’d tape it up.  I had a life-size dummy in my hotel room that I could practice on, because with Mr. Easywood, he expects you to be ready.  It was probably very strange the first ime the maid came to clean.

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Were you at all interested in science or medicine in school?  I was never the one to become a doctor, but I won an award in scienece class for brain surgery on a fetal pig.

You’re making another film about war, Kimberley Peirce’s Stop-Loss It’s loosely based on her brother.  He was in Iraq.  If I’m spending time away from my kids [he has two, with wife Reese Witherspoon], I want to be working on something that matters.

Do you have plans to write or direct?  [Directing] is something I think I will do within the next year, but I’m not in a rush.  I’ve written a couple things.  I like the idea of people making mistakes.  I love desperation; I think there’s a lot of comedy that comes out of desperation.  the best kind of film give you something ynew to think about.  I don’t want to sit in the theater for two hours and have this numb experience.  I want to get pissed off.

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  • Amanda

    I think he is a great passionate actor, this role sounds perfect for him. Can’t wait to see it.

  • stef

    He is such a cutie and I cant wait to see this movie.. Clint Eastwood is one of my favorite directors and all his movies always have a story to tell or its a true story and I like movies like that…

  • Sarah-Jean

    He’s so yummy!

  • Maria

    Oh my goodness! What a picture. I’ve always thought Mr. Ryan Man was hot. Still do. He’s also a great actor.

  • YowSA

    More Ryan and less of those old geezers from Ocean 137, or whatever it is. Please Jared. Thank YOU!

  • No more old men!

    More Ryan and less of those old geezers from Ocean 137, or whatever it is. Please Jared. Thank YOU! # 5 | YowSA haha! I agree.

  • Maria

    More pictures of Ryan AND the Ocean Men!!

  • huh

    I don’t find him attractive, he even annoys me. But his new movie sounds as if it’s going to be a good one. Maybe Reese chose this movie for him, she at least knows how to pic good movies.

  • Jesse

    I can’t wait to see this movie! Luv Ryan and this one sounds reaaly good.

  • Melissa J

    I love Ryan, I have ever since "Cruel Intentions,"and I think him and Reese make a great couple, the only complaint I have Is that I wish he would smile more. In the dozens of pictures I’ve seen of him lately he doesnt seem happy.

  • locca

    Ryan always looks great whether he smiles or not.I’m so happy he has some movies coming out soon. He is a really good actor – loved him in Crash.

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  • anon

    Never like him. Seems another airhead kind dude.

  • Mr. Witherspoon

    One day he will be at the same status as the "old geezers" in Ocean’s 13. But not yet. He’s got a good 5 years to go before he really comes into his own. He needs to shed the pretty boy image much like Brad Pitt & Leo Dicaprio have.

  • ivory

    johnny depp has shed the pretty boy image, brad pitt and leo dicaprio…i don’t think so.

  • no Pittunia fan

    Ryan, Leo and Johnny, have lost the pretty boy image–and have moved to another level, although Johnny is way ahead of the curve.Pitt? I think he just wishes he had it back.

  • lex

    He looks awesome. FoOF is going to be a great movie.

  • Rachel

    haha! brain surgery on a fetal pig. who knew?

  • brad forever

    16 | no Pittunia fan Brad had shed his pretty boy image in Fight club and 12 Monkeys. he won a golden globe and nominated in Oscar in 12 monkeys. his acting prowess were proven in these two films. which make him stay in the A-list wagon for 15 yrs.