Peter Berg isn't afraid of infusing political commentary into his films.. Both "The Kingdom" and "Battleship" focus on the U.S. military, and his upcoming film, "Lone Survivor," deals heavily with the Navy SEALs.
Berg, whose father was a Naval historian, says his work provides him with a unique connection to American Armed Forces personnel -- and an insight into their political views.
"I have a lot of friends who are in the military, particularly who are in the Navy SEAL community, who are generally Republicans," Berg told THR. "And I've had many conversations where a lot of my Republican friends admit reluctantly that the military has given them freedoms that they've never experienced before. And Obama really is a warrior in chief. He's not afraid to get the job done. And I think that's an important story. I believe in that."
Berg, who in addition to his blockbuster features also produces documentaries (including the upcoming HBO series "On Freddie Roach"), isn't planning on filming anything about Obama directly -- but he does have his eyes on Obama's former Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel.
"I've known Rahm since I was a freshman in college," he said. "I feel like if anyone has a shot of cracking Rahm, it's me. That being said I don't know that I'll succeed. But guys like that are of interest to us: people who are polarizing characters, talented yet flawed and undeniably successful. Rahm is a fascinating guy. He's not afraid to speak his mind. He's very candid and very polarizing. And that's the kind of guy that is appealing to me."
While "Battleship" hasn't performed to its lofty financial expectations, its doubtful the director has any regrets. As Berg told Moviefone last year, he's been trying to make a Navy movie for quite some time.
"I love the Navy and I've always wanted to do a Navy film," he said. "I wanted to do John Paul Jones, who founded the American Navy, but I couldn't get that together because 'Master and Commander' came out. I wanted to do 'In the Heart of the Sea,' which was the story of 'Essex,' the whaling ship sunk by a whale -- but the problem with that is it ended in cannibalism, they all eat each other. Then I wanted to do the 'Indianapolis,' the ship that carried the nuclear bombs that we dropped on Japan in the Philippines, then it sunk and all of the men were eaten by sharks. That was too depressing."
For more on Berg's relationship with Emaneul, head over to THR.com.
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