Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 09, 2014
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In celebration of summer and the upcoming release of their new epic new computer-animated film, actor Jay Baruchel, actress/USO tour veteran America Ferrera and writer/director Dean DeBlois treated troops and their families to an advance USO Screening of DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey on June 4. **USO photo link below**
Attributed to Jay Baruchel:
“I was raised to always revere our fighting people. My mom’s family is predominantly military. From my granddad, most of my uncles to my cousins … I’m in the minority, in fact. Look there’s no way to say ‘thank you’ properly, I suppose, and this is the closest we can come to doing that and we should leap at the chance. This is the only part of our tour that really means something to any of us personally. Of course, we want kids to go see the movie, but this is on a whole other level… On the surface of course we want to provide entertainment for the family, but ideally some of the deeper things will connect—like loyalty to your people, serving your people and not accepting that just because things are a certain way that that’s how they should be.”
Attributed to America Ferrera:
“In 2010 I did a USO tour in Iraq and Qatar... for a film that I produced and starred in and my husband wrote and directed, called ‘The Dry Land,’ which was about a soldier coming home... When I heard we had the chance to come to a base and share this film, it felt like such a wonderful gift to us to be able to bring a happy, heartwarming and exciting film to the families because this film really does bring families together…. It’s fun. It’s adventurous, but there are a lot of deep and emotional currents running through the film, and so it’s a wonderful film to bring military families together and hopefully spark conversations in the family.”
Attributed to Dean DeBlois:
“Anyone working for the military, it is a life of sacrifice and honor and duty, and it’s definitely something we’d like to honor… At the time we were making this film there were a lot of troops returning home from combat in the Middle East having sustained injuries and that’s so heroic… We were trying to communicate in our film that sacrifice entails some loss and there’s great heroism behind that. Hiccup’s prosthetic leg—the fact that he lost a leg at the end of the first movie – was a nod to the military and all those who have suffered losses. We wanted to present a hero who wasn’t slowed down an iota by it…”
USO Tour Photos: http://bit.ly/1n257JB
USO Tour Video: http://bit.ly/1s0xD5d
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