Patriotic "Transformers" Breeding Love for the Armed Forces?Transformers" movie but one thing that might not be on their list is patriotism. Yeah, they handled all the robots and characters and voices and visual effects. But it's actually a movie where the military are the heroes. Granted, our boys' weapons don't make much of a dent in the Decepticons, but at least they try.
"We haven't seen a movie where America's painted real nicely," said star Shia LaBeouf. "Approval ratings blow and recruiting numbers aren't doing well and it's just that the country's not in a good place. Movies like this kind of give you that hero vibe. You start turning the military into a hero. It?s good for people to see that, to have that pride in their country. They make heroes out of the government and military, which hasn't happened in a while."
Employing real Navy SEALS as the film's extras was a treat for them. They get to represent their job in a much more luxurious environment. "The best part about this movie is that when a bomb is about to go off they actually tell us before it happens," said actor Tyrese Gibson. "But them, they're overseas, they're walking in fields, they're running into land mines, losing legs and you name it. It's all unexpected. So to be around those guys and then they say, 'Man, we wish it was like this in Iraq. We wish we had us a Michael Bay in Iraq that can tell us where some shit is about to explode at, so we can go on home.' That puts things into perspective."