13 Hours (2016) | 10 Facts That Will Make You Watch The Full Movie
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (also known simply as 13 Hours) is a 2016 American biographical war film directed and produced by Michael Bay and written by Chuck Hogan, based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s 2014 book of the same name.
The film follows six members of Annex Security Team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya after waves of attacks by Islamic militants on September 11, 2012. The film stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, David Giuntoli, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber and Toby Stephens.
Filming began on April 27, 2015 in Malta and Morocco. Known colloquially as “the Benghazi movie”, the film was released on January 15, 2016, by Paramount Pictures. Upon release, 13 Hours received generally mixed reviews from critics and grossed just $69 million worldwide against a budget of $50 million, becoming Bay’s lowest-grossing film to date.
The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Mixing at the 89th Academy Awards.
James Badge Dale as Tyrone S. “Rone” Woods, commander of the GRS team and former U.S. Navy SEAL.
John Krasinski as Jack Silva, newest member of the GRS team and former U.S. Navy SEAL.
Max Martini as Mark “Oz” Geist, GRS team member and former U.S. Marine.
Dominic Fumusa as John “Tig” Tiegen, GRS team member and former U.S. Marine.
Pablo Schreiber as Kris “Tanto” Paronto, GRS team member and former U.S. Army Ranger.
David Denman as Dave “Boon” Benton, GRS team member and former U.S. Marine, a scout sniper.
Matt Letscher as Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens
Toby Stephens as Glen “Bub” Doherty, GRS officer in Tripoli and good friend of Tyrone Snowden “Rone” Woods
Alexia Barlier as Sona Jillani, an undercover CIA officer in Libya.
Freddie Stroma as Brit Vayner, an undercover CIA officer in Libya
David Costabile as “Bob” aka. “The Chief”, the Benghazi CIA Chief-of-Station.
Peyman Moaadi as Amahl, a local interpreter.
David Giuntoli as Scott Wickland, DSS agent.
Demetrius Grosse as Dave Ubben, DSS agent.
David Furr as Alec, DSS agent.
Christopher Dingli as Sean Smith, IT specialist.
Davide Tucci as Defence Attaché
Shane Rowe as CIA Annex Cook, who participates in the defense of the Annex.
Gábor Bodis as CIA agent, security officer
Wrenn Schmidt as Becky Silva, wife of Jack Silva
According to Producer Erwin Stoff, the diplomatic compound and CIA annex were built using the actual plans. “What we did, is we had actual plans and satellite images of the original structures, and we had the guys. So we built these, we replicated both the annex and the diplomatic mission exactly to the inch.”
The original cut of the film was four hours long.
To prepare for his role of Jack Silva, John Krasinski’s dropped from 25 percent to eight percent body fat.
Glen Doherty was good friends with Brandon Webb, who was a sniper instructor for the Navy SEALs. Webb trained both Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle.
Toby Stephens was a good friend of the real-life Jack Silva.
In a January 18, 2016 interview on the Mark Levin radio program, Mark Geist said he sneaked in during filming, and took the place of Max Martini, the actor portraying him. Michael Bay didn’t notice until Geist looked at the camera.
When washing up after the initial attack, “Rone” puts a picture in the flap of his ballistic vest. This is an actual photo of Tyrone Woods and his infant son.
Michael Bay said he was attracted to the project because he’d used veterans in all of his films, as actors and technical advisors, and felt he would be uniquely qualified to tell their story.
The opening text says virtually all foreign embassies in Libya closed. The embassy of Malta, Libya’s northern island neighbor, stayed open throughout this period. Malta is also where much of the movie was filmed.
According to Mark Geist in a January 18, 2016 interview on the Mark Levin radio program, the mortar rounds that hit the roof had a kill radius of 21 feet, meaning anybody within 21 feet of a round was as good as dead.
Michael Bay wanted to shoot on film. Director of Photography Dion Beebe wanted to shoot digitally. Bay ultimately accepted digital filming because of the number of night scenes, and the tight production schedule.
John Krasinski’s character wears the Punisher emblem on his bullet proof vest. The character of Chris Kyle in American Sniper (2014)’s Navy Seal unit also has that symbol on the clothing.
Based on the Benghazi attack, which took place on the evening of September 11, 2012.
Glen ‘Bub’ Doherty (played by Toby Stephens) was also one of the Navy SEAL snipers involved with freeing Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates in 2009. He, along with 2 other SEAL snipers, shot the Somalian pirates through a tiny window in the escape craft as it bobbed up and down. All without harming the Captain as he was held hostage.
Michael Bay said that filming in Malta, he used a film crew he’d never used before. Bay claimed that an international crew, working so well together, telling a story centered on Americans, was a tribute to the universality of the story.
During the morning prayer scene, the mosque tower shown was from Black Hawk Down (2001), when the helicopters are flying around Mogadishu, blaring that they will not leave Mike Durant behind.
This is Michael Bay’s third drama film based on real-life events, after Pearl Harbor (2001) and Pain & Gain (2013).
Mark Wahlberg was the first choice to portray Tyrone “Rone” Woods. He declined due to prior commitments.
On January 7, 2016, Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin tweeted, “13 Hours is a powerful film that raises important questions that need to be answered”.
Michael Bay’s lowest grossing film as of 2016.
John Krasinski, David Denman, and David Costabile all starred in The Office (2005). Krasinski played Jim Halpert. Denman played Roy, who competed with Halpert for the affections of Jenna Fischer’s character. Costabile appeared in The Office: The Banker(2010).
To prepare for his role as Tyrone Woods, James Badge Dale first met with the real Jack Silva. He also got to know Tyrone’s mother. After she saw the movie, she told James that they did it right.
Received an “A” CinemaScore.
Michael Bay’s hair was burnt while filming an action sequence in Malta.
According to Pablo Schreiber (who plays Kris “Tanto” Paronto) in a January 13, 2016 interview, he received three injuries during the course of making 13 Hours. To stay in shape for the role he would lift weights and ended up injuring his back while doing dead lifts. He later tore his MCL cliff jumping and then a couple days later, broke his wrist. Schreiber received the broken wrist from sitting on the open tailgate of a pickup truck. When the driver of the truck gunned the engine, Schreiber flew off the back which resulted in his injury. He had to wear a hard shell brace that was flesh toned to conceal the injury. Schreiber stated they took out the brace in post production but there are still some scenes where it is visible. Particularly the scenes where the operatives are guarding the annex.
Based on a true story.
Michael Bay’s first collaboration with Dion Beebe.
Premiered at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
The day before the ceremony took place, the Academy decided to rescind Russell’s co-Oscar nomination for Sound Mixing. The decision was made because Russell violated Academy campaign regulations, since he contacted voting members to make them aware of his work on the film and his nomination. However, campaign regulation prohibit telephone lobbying. Russell shared his nomination with Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboushand Mac Ruth, who all remained eligible for the award.
Sean Smith was an avid gamer. His favorite massive multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) was EVE Online, where he attained almost legendary status as the character “Vile Rat.” His death resulted in several community tributes online.
During the rescue attempt, there is a scene when a Libyan fight introduces himself to John Krasinkis character ‘Jack Silva’, he states “Hello Captain America”. John Krasinski auditioned to play Captain America for the Marvel Cinematic Universe but the role eventually was given to Chris Evans