[WATCH] Vince Vaughn (‘Hacksaw Ridge’) chats about the ‘life or death’ circumstances of this true-life film

“I have military in my family, and over the years I’ve always done a lot with the USO,” reveals actor Vince Vaughn about one of the reasons he joined the cast of the new film “Hacksaw Ridge.” In our recent webchat (watch above), he also discusses his character of Sgt. Howell: “I’ve known a lot of military guys, and it was his job as a sergeant to prepare these guys for war, for the worst of circumstances. In this case particularly, they’re actually going to go and he will be with them, so it’s really life or death.”

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In the film directed by Oscar winner Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”), he plays the sergeant to real-life World War II hero Desmond Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist who wanted to be a medic but refused to pick up a gun. Doss is played by Golden Globe and SAG nominee Andrew Garfield, who Vaughn describes with high praise: “He did it with it feeling like a very dimensional person. It didn’t feel like a broad interpretation of this man, which I thought made it all the more captivating. It felt very specific, like a well-rounded person. What he did physically was outstanding, and what he does being present in feeling and responding within scenes was terrific as well.”

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Before this dramatic departure, Vaughn has mostly been known for his comedy films. He has starred in the movies “Old School,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Wedding Crashers,” “The Break-Up,” “Fred Claus,” “Couples Retreat,” and “Delivery Man.” He first became noticed in the movies “Rudy” and “Swingers” plus had a SAG Awards nomination as part of the ensemble of the 2007 film “Into the Wild.”

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