9. Why the Military Helps Hollywood Make Movies

Ever wondered how big blockbuster movie productions are able to feature real tanks and fighter aircraft — or, in the case of the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, actors actually launching off an aircraft carrier? Turns out the U.S. military gives many movies a major helping hand, from providing access to bases and ships to actually recruiting troops to serve as background actors. But first, scripts have to get vetted to make sure they’re in line with the DoD’s core values. In this episode, we’ll talk to Glen Roberts, the Pentagon’s liaison to Hollywood, who reads those scripts and works with studios to make military-themed productions as realistic as possible.

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