‘Battleship’ Featurette: Real Sailors Recruited to Battle Aliens

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2012 at 9:03 am,

battleship movie featurette Battleship Featurette: Real Sailors Recruited to Battle Aliens

Between MMA fighter Gina Carano starring in this past January’s Haywire and real active-duty SEALs appearing in this month’s Act of Valor, there’s somewhat of a trend in filmmaking right now where true professionals are recruited to (essentially) play themselves onscreen. Oddly enough, that’s also the case with Universal’s upcoming Battleship movie.

That director Peter Berg’s adaptation of the classic Hasbro board game – which throws an alien invasion twist into the traditional naval warfare “plot” of the source material – could possibly be striving for true “authenticity” seems peculiar, to say the least. Based on the previous theatrical trailers and TV spots alike, it’s been pretty clear: this flick is a mindless bit of popcorn entertainment that rips off on par with the Transformers movies.

However, as can be noted from a new featurette for the film, real-life sailors and members of the U.S. Navy were indeed brought onboard (no pun) to ensure that all the Navy protocol, jargon, and fighting tactics on display in Battleship are indeed accurate. Everyone from the Battleship cast to production team were advised on matters ranging from how to conduct themselves – to what weaponry and equipment should be used in different situations – from legitimate members of the armed forces, who also served as extras in the film.

Find out more about just that by watching the Battleship “Real Heroes” featurette:

It’s hard not to wonder: if the minds behind the Battleship adaptation were as dedicated to producing a grounded and realistic cinematic portrayal of the Navy (as is indicated in the clip above) then WHY didn’t they just devise a more straight-forward adaptation of the original board game? As opposed to the actual movie, which boasts many outright goofy elements – including Rhianna playing a naval petty officer and a storyline that involves giant extraterrestrial vehicles hiding beneath the ocean for an indefinite period of time, waiting to attack the unsuspecting citizens of Earth.

Whether or not Battleship will be good cheesy fun remains to be seen. However, those who go check the film out: believe it or not, you’ll be watching a “highly accurate” theoretical depiction of what the Navy would do, were it forced to do battle with actual armored alien invaders.

For more about Berg’s attempts to mimic realistic warefare tactics in Battleship, check out our Edit Bay Visit Report.

Battleship arrives in theaters around the U.S. on May 18th, 2012.

Source: Universal Pictures

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  1. im pretty sure i watched this clip last summer sometime…

  2. Rhianna playing a naval lieutenant. Right.
    But Liam Neeson is in command so I’ll be
    prepared to forgive any such trespasses.

  3. Propaganda film. Easy pass. Hasbro, if you’re listening. ENOUGH! No more Michael Bay crap. It’s time to get serious.

  4. AArrrghh!

    I didn’t think they went to these lengths and use actual sailors! Dam it. Now I’m gonna feel inclined to see this despite the ridiculous story line.

    “WHY didn’t they just devise a more straight-forward adaptation of the original board game?”

    -My thoughts exactly. I couldn’t even finish watching the trailer the first time around. They should’ve gone the straight route and it could’ve worked..

    “which boasts many outright goofy elements – including Rhianna playing a naval lieutenant”

    – Now now everyone can calm down. Thankfully they didn’t go that far. Rihanna is playing a Petty officer second class. She’ll be following orders. You could tell the difference between enlisted and officers by the color of the name tape on their uniform. Gold for officers & chiefs and light blue for enlisted, petty officer first class and below..

  5. This movie doesn’t look half bad and I respect the director trying to portray the military as accurately as possible but I’ve noticed one little inaccuracy in both trailers that I would like to point out.


    • Sad but true. We need to get our military back up to being the most powerful in the world. Where we are feared for a reason. Peace through strength.

  6. When this movie comes out I’m going to play a game. Every time I roll my eyes, I’ll take a shot of Jack Daniels.

    I expect to be in hospital by the start of the 3rd act.

  7. It does look very much like Transformers however the fact that Neeson is in this means I will go see it. Hopefully there’s not much Rihanna in it. Will there be a slow motion shot of Rihanna doing some pouting like Megan Fox in every scene?! Who knows

  8. “WHY didn’t they just devise a more straight-forward adaptation of the original board game?”

    Are you kidding? What “storyline” did the game portray exactly other than two fleets shooting (literally) blindly at each other?

  9. my dad was the gunner on that ship and to see this movie was something I can not put into words the action was great I loved it.

  10. the movie was great i loved the action . my dad was the gunner on that ship it really is a part of history that I will never forget. thank you and all the sailors here and gone that served on that ship and our history