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TEXAS GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

 


 

 

 

 

 

By Ray Roberts -Battleship Texas Volunteer

Battleship Texas will play a major role in one of The biggest and most expensive motion picture projects ever. The $145 million production of Disney's 'Pearl Harbor" will boast exterior shots of the USS Texas, depicting the USS Tennessee, USS Oklahoma, and the USS West Virginia in the attack of Pearl Harbor. Interior scenes were also shot for use as the USS Hornet.

"Pearl Harbor" used over 350 extras and film crew, including 100 plus local extras for the one-week long filming aboard.

The film staring Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale is a romantic drama set against the backdrop of the December 7, 1941 attack on U.S. naval base Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Directing "Pearl Harbor" is Michael Bay, producing is Jerry Bruckheimer, the same team that made 1998's biggest moneymaker "Armageddon".

Battleship Texas' first brush with the silver screen came in 1966 during the production of "The Sand Pebbles" starring Steve McQueen. He was filmed leaving the Battleship Texas before reporting aboard the "Sand Pebble". However in the editing process this footage was removed before the film was released.......

The compartments that were used for scenes in the movie "Pearl Harbor" are;

Marine Space, Medical Office 

(in the movie the medical office was General Doolittle's Office while aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet)

and the ship's Radar Room which was the USS Hornet's Radar room in the movie.  

Last for those of you very familiar with the USS Texas BB35 take a look at Ben Affleck's cabin while he was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet and see if you can identify the compartment aboard the Battleship Texas?

If you can then send me an e-mail and I'll tell you if your correct; thexporter@earthlink.net 

The Cast of "Pearl Harbor"

Rafe--Ben Affleck
Danny--Josh Hartnett
Evelyn--Kate Beckinsale
Dorie Miller--Cuba Gooding Jr.
Doolittle--Alec Baldwin
FDR--Jon Voight
Earl--Tome Sizemore
Billy--William Lee Scott
Thurman--Dan Akroyd
Admiral Kimmel--Malcolm Feore
Anthony--Greg Zola
Red--Ewen Bremner
Betty--James King
Barbara--Catherine Kellner
Sandra--Jennifer Garner
Major Jackson--Leland Orser
Joe the Boxer--Andrew Bryniarski
Gooz--Michael Shannon
Joe--Matt Davis
Teeny Mayfield--Guy Torry

The USS Texas BB35 as well as the USS Lexington CV-16 both have parts in this movie.

 

2007

Excellent Movie......

Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the non-fiction book Flags of Our Fathers concerns the lives of the men in the famous picture of soldiers raising the American flag over Iwo Jima during that historic WWII battle. Battle scenes are intercut with footage of three of the soldiers - played by Ryan Phillipe, Jesse Bradford, and Adam Beach -- who survived the battle going on a goodwill tour of the United States in order to sell war bonds. Many evening they are forced to reenact their famous pose, something each of them finds more and more difficult to do as they suffer from survivor's guilt. Eastwood frames the story by having one of the men's grown son (Tom McCarthy) interview his father's old comrades in order to find out more about what happened to his father. Eastwood followed this film with Letters from Iwo Jima, a second film about the battle of Iwo Jima, but told from the Japanese perspective. Flags of Our Fathers was produced by Eastwood and Steven Spielberg. ~ Perry Seibert,

The Cast of Flags or our Fathers

Ryan Phillippe ... John "Doc" Bradley
Jesse Bradford ... Rene Gagnon
Adam Beach ... Ira Hayes
John Benjamin Hickey ... Keyes Beech
John Slattery ... Bud Gerber
Barry Pepper ... Mike Strank
Jamie Bell ... Ralph "Iggy" Ignatowski
Paul Walker ... Hank Hansen
Robert Patrick ... Colonel Chandler Johnson
Neal McDonough ... Captain Severance
Melanie Lynskey ... Pauline Harnois
Thomas McCarthy ... James Bradley (as Tom McCarthy)
Chris Bauer ... Commandant Vandergrift
Judith Ivey ... Belle Block
Myra Turley ... Madeline Evelley

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Battleship Texas BB35 is part of this Movie..........

The footage in the movie Flags of Our Fathers is computer animation that was made with film that they shot here at the Battleship Texas in January 2006.  They took the basic film that was shot here and used the computer to make our turrets turn and our guns shoot – pretty cool, since we don’t really have very much in the way of actual film of the ship during World War II.  Some of the scenes of the 40mm guns and the 5 inch guns shooting was taken here and improved in the computer, too.

I recently picked up the 5-disk special edition DVD set of Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.  One of the extra features is a 20-minute documentary from 1945 called To the Shores of Iwo Jima.  In the first 5 minutes of the documentary I spotted 3 different views that show either Texas or New York firing on the island.  Two of the shots are probably Texas, since the ship appears to have our Measure 21 camouflage scheme or is firing from a position that we know Texas occupied; the other one was shot aboard the ship and is probably New York, since the paint scheme is different.

Thanks for the question – we were all really excited to see the way they portrayed our ship! 

Rusty Bloxom

Historian

Battleship Texas

 


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