James Badge Dale on ’13 Hours’ and Playing a Real Life Hero

     January 13, 2016


With 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi opening this weekend, a few days ago I sat down with actor James Badge Dale in Miami for an exclusive video interview. He talked about the responsibility of telling a story about real life heroes, memorable moments from filming, doing his own stunts, and what surprised him about the story.


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If you’re not familiar with 13 Hours, the film tells the story of the members of a security team tasked with surviving the chaotic events on September 11, 2012 after the attack on the United States diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya that led to the death of four Americans, among them Ambassador Chris Stevens. The movie is adapted by Chuck Hogan from Mitchell Zuckoff’s book, and stars John Krasinski, Max MartiniPablo Schreiber, and David Denman.

While Benghazi has been in the news since the tragic events unfolded that night, few have talked about the real life heroes that saved countless lives. While you might be surprised to hear this, Michael Bay has done a great job telling their story without politicizing the issue or “Hollywoodizing” the events. It’s easily one of his best films and absolutely worth your time and money.

Check out what James Badge Dale had to say about the making of the film below and here’s my interview with Michael Bay.

James Badge Dale:

  • Memorable moments from filming. Talks about the stunt work.
  • What surprised him about working with Michael Bay?
  • The pressure and responsibility of playing a real life hero.
  • What surprised him about the story.


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