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BenMcKenzie's Got His Gun

BenMcKenzie's Got His Gun

Former O.C. star Benjamin McKenzie stars as Joe Bonham in his upcoming film Johnny Got His Gun.

Here’s a little history about the film: Filmed on a bare stage with only a bench and a chair to work with, actor Ben McKenzie gives a riveting tour-de-force performance as an American soldier hit by an artillery shell on the last day of WWI. The movie takes place in the mind of Joe Bonham, a quadruple amputee who has also lost his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Regaining consciousness, Joe discovers that while his brain is healthy and able to reason, the rest of his body is irreparably shattered, leaving him trapped forever within the confines of his own imagination. He struggles to find some way to communicate with the outside world. Tapping his head in Morse code, he breaks through and pleads with his caretakers to be put on display as a living example of the cost of war.

The film is adapted from the 1982 Off-Broadway play, “Dalton Trumbo’s JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN.”

Johnny Got His Gun opens in theaters in 2008.

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  • delilah

    I think he is from OC?

  • N

    good for Ben! I’m glad to see him EXTREMELY outside of his Ryan Atwood character.

  • Celebrity Inquier

    Ya, who is the guy. I don`t know him. It`s new in this business?

  • N

    good for Ben! I’m glad to see EXTREMELY outside of his Ryan Atwood character.

  • angel hair

    wow, that looks really interesting. can’t wait.

  • It’s Britney, b*tch

    there he is :)

  • Maja

    Wuh, that sounds very interesting!
    Let’s wait if he really can act or if he just fitted perfectly well in the Ryan Atwood character!

  • Ida

    Hm, he will always be Ryan…

  • http://nonyet Domi

    ryan from OC? yeah it’s an intersting film cong. Ben

  • rketeckt

    Takes a big set to do a one man show. It will be interesting to see how he pulls this off.

  • bia


    It’s gonna be awesome see him totally out side of Ryan *-*

  • wouldn’tUlike2know

    i read that book….i don’t think it can translate into a movie very well but we’ll see!

  • Fug Face Man!ston

    who? that’s not the o.c kid.

  • BAMZS Fan

    Metallica’s video “One” takes clips from a movie with the same name. YouTube the video and check it out you guys! Awesome!

  • vicki Pasadena, CA

    The original movie is from 1971, written by Dalton Trumbo (one of the Hollywood 10) and starring Timothy Bottoms. It is riveting and emotionally devastating.

  • joyce

    ew. ben is a horrible actor… he’s not even that cute.

    i never watched the oc but i can tell that show only survived because of mischa barton’s talent.

  • J.M

    I always thought he was a great actor, he just seems to have a natural instinct for it. Like a young Russel Crowe. I hope he gives a great performance and shows everyone what he’s made of

  • Skangelina

    Is this going to be like Nicole Kidman Film “dogville’? Movies like that should be made for stage plays only. That was v Boring.

  • mel

    I don’t even like him or whatever but that movie sounds gooooood

  • it

    wtf… bennn u always be ryan

  • jassylou

    Riveting tour de force! that says it all for Ben.!!! He rocks!!!! If any actor can pull thin intense one man show off it’s Ben.Go BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gwen

    Finally an OC post that’s not about Rachel Bilson and her dog and clothes.
    Thanks Jared.

  • mg

    Good for Ben.

  • Brindle

    That’s a great book. I don’t think this version will be better than the original movie. How can you do better than Donald Sutherland playing God?

  • Anna

    I love Ben and I think that he’s a great actor.
    Can’t wait to see it.

  • tootsy

    OHHHHHHHH! I was wondering when Ben is. He was always to good for The OC. This is some serious gamble he takes. Good for him. I hope it will work for him. This guy got real game.

  • andy

    Finally a post about a real actor from The OC. Few years from now Ben will be the only one from that show people will talk about. As an actor, that is.

  • Murial

    Hey joyce, you never saw him yet you think he’s a horrible actor? No wonder you’re Mischa Barton fan.

  • we shall see

    seems like an interesting movie. what a heavy concept. we’ll see if this kid has some real acting chops and can actually pull it off. i’d like to see the film.

  • Alex

    He was my absolute favorite on The OC, I watched it just for him. I think he’s a great actor and I wish him luck.

  • Robert

    Wow, this is some heavy stuff. Very brave decision by McKenzie. From the little i saw in The OC he’s got some real talent. This will be a big test. I wish him luck.

  • Sheldon

    YES, it is benjamin McKenzie (Ryan Atwood from The OC)

    I cant wait for this movie, it looks so good and im sure it’s definately going to take Ben places.. Lets hope for the best!

  • Benmania

    LOVE HIM:)!!!! He´s gonna be so good in this.

  • lola

    he has another film with channing tatum, standford experiment…

  • Dorothy

    Totally love him. The best thing The OC ever had going. Freaking serious actor. Can’t wait to see what he does with this thing.

  • Sar_Bear

    You guys will all be blown out of the water. Im sure of it with Ben there.
    His acting was too good for the oc

  • jassylou

    I have every confidence(agreeing with sar-bear!.) that Ben will blow your mind’s with this one. Who said he can’t act? He’s not just a pretty face,he’s a gutsy young man to take on this role.
    He will show the world and “Young Hollywood” his genius and his “acting chops” He carried the OC and made it his own.(up yours FOX and J/shwartz)

    OC Young Cast Who!!!!!!!!!!!?

  • angelic fruitcake

    that guy need to change his hear stile.

  • bayou

    angelic fruitcake, Ben Mckenzie has that hairstyle because he’s playing a soldier from World War I.

  • Renata

    Ben is such a smart talented actor. I love him to take such a gutsy move. He’ll have a long and succesful career, hopefully, he deserves it.

  • Galia

    He is a very good actor and i’m sure that he will be great in this movie. I’ll watch it for sure.

  • J

    Yay Ben! He definitely needed to break out of The OC. He was really good in Junebug so I’m sure he will be amazing in this!

  • ashly

    Awesome. Great book for a great actor. Ben was so much better than anything The OC had to offer. Good to see him again. I hope this movie will give him the recognition he deserves.

  • Rom

    Awesome, if you have seen the trailer, this is so scaring… Ben is such a great actor !!

  • Erin

    Dear Joyce,

    Mischa’s Barton’s talent? The incredibly wooden chick who couldn’t even make drinking coffee look semi-natural? She displayed talent on “The O.C.”? Sorry, I must have blinked.

    Shut up or get some standards.