The story of ’12 Strong’ is kind of incredible.
After the terrible events of 9/11, the US knew they needed to send troops into Afghanistan into, what they thought, was going to be a quick easy battle. The troops, led by Captain Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), Chief Warrant Officer Hal Spencer (Shannon), Sgt First Class Sam Diller (Peña) and 9 others were flown deep into battle. They got horses and tried partnering up with an Afghan warlord against the Taliban and went into battle up against tanks and worse. This group of men went into the unknown and came out unknown themselves until the book 12 Strong: The Declassified true story of the horse soldiers was released by author Doug Stanton came out, and now we have a motion picture based on those tales.
In the above interview go behind the scenes where Chris Hemsworth talks about why the men went into battle, Rob Riggle tells us of his unique close connection to the men they portrayed, Michael Peña discusses how this movie will make people feel, and Chris comes back to tell us why this story and movie is special.
’12 Strong’ releases January 19, 2018.