James Gandolfini In New HBO Film Coming This Veteran’s Day: We Have The Trailer

This Thursday is Veterans Day.  That United States holiday where we take time to honor those who have served in the military.

For myself, this year’s Veterans Day was going to mean a good excuse to rewatch Born On The 4th of July, The Deerhunter, and The Hurt Locker.  All of these films deal with an agonizing condition afflicting thousands of war veterans the world over called PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

For those of us who have never been at war or have ever fired a gun at another human, to begin and truly understand the psychological trauma that a PTSD victim goes through is not all that easy.  Sure, you can go out and seek a war veteran and ask him/her what civilian life is like after your mind has been conditioned to accept death on a day-to-day basis while fighting overseas, but I’m not sure that the response you get will be all that welcoming.  I think approaching a complete stranger with such forwardness is a wee bit rude, don’t you?

So how does one learn more about PTSD without enrolling in a psychology class or watching random videos on youtube of this condition’s victims?  HBO has one answer with the premiere of its newest documentary, Wartorn: 1861-2010.  The film features interviews from vets with actor James Gandolfini.  That’s right, Mr. Tony Soprano himself, which surprisingly isn’t all that weird when you think about it.  Gandolfini’s character was a man afflicted by his work who, with the help of psychology, seeked to separate civilian life from that of the gangster’s, which is not all that different from what the soldiers in the film are going through.

In a recent interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, one os the filmmakers (I apologize for not remembering which one) revealed that the vets were able to easily open up to Gandolfini because of their connection they had with his iconic murderous character, Tony Soprano.

For year’s Gandolfini has been traveling to troops and using his celebrity status for entertainment purposes and to listen to their concerns.  With Warton: 1861 – 2010, Gandolfini along with directors Jon Alpert, and Ellen Goosenberg Kent are bringing awareness to millions.  I for one will be watching.

Showtimes for Wartorn 1861 – 2010:

Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 9:00pm HBO

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