LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Captain Dale Dye attends "The Pacific" Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater on February 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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Meeting Band Of Brothers' Military Experts Had The Cast
On Edge
As their follow-up to “Saving Private Ryan,” the creators of “Band of Brothers,” Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, wanted their series to have a semblance of historical accuracy.
Senior military advisor and Marine veteran Dale Dye and his team led the brutal “Saving Private Ryan” boot camp, which saw several cast members almost quit before filming began.
Dye and his team came back to oversee a similar boot camp for “Band of Brothers”; Ron Livingstone shared, “Everybody’s a little apprehensive about meeting Captain Dale Dye.”
He continued, “We knew all the guys in 'Private Ryan' mutinied and wanted to quit halfway through, and so everybody seemed to have a different story.”
Although the training was rough, Dye, who has worked in Hollywood since 1986’s “Platoon” as an expert in military accuracy, shared that it was all in an effort to achieve realism.
Dye explained that the experience would give the actors “some sort of understanding of what exhaustion means to a soldier, what fear means to a soldier.”