Partial Transcript: If you would, begin by telling us a little bit about yourself
Segment Synopsis: Discusses childhood in Minnesota, his fascination with the military and his training as an actor at Harvard University and his transition into professional acting. Mentions the film "Reality Bites," his first film in 1993.
Keywords: Broadway; Gustavus Adolphus College; Institute for Advanced Theater Training at American Repertory Theater at Harvard University; Minnesota; New York City
Subjects: Actors--United States
Partial Transcript: Let's talk about Minnesota, a bit.
Segment Synopsis: Talks about developing a childhood interest in the military, a family trip to Gettysburg and his love for military movies. Remembers how he often pretended to be a soldier as a child. Specifically talks about the influence of a book about the Vietnam War that was so powerful that he made copies of the pages of the book and handed them out to people on the street. The importance of supporting veterans.
Keywords: Marines; Minnesota
Subjects: Childhood and youth; Gettysburg National Military Park (Pa.)
Partial Transcript: You actually made the call to go into acting as opposed to going into the military
Segment Synopsis: Talks about dropping out of school to pursue acting and how this came as no surprise to his parents. Discusses the influence of High School teachers and his experiences at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University. Discusses the transition from acting on stage to acting in movies.
Keywords: American Repertory Theatre, Harvard University; Ben Stiller; Encouragement from Parents; Ethan Hawke; Parents; Reality Bites (Film)
Subjects: Acting; Acting--Study and teaching; Harvard University; High school teachers
Partial Transcript: So you've done a couple films, what was the first "War" film
Segment Synopsis: Talks about specific roles, including roles he did not get; and being typecasted into comedic roles. Specifically discusses the films "That Thing You Do" and "Rescue Dawn." Reflects on the advantages of being "typecasted." Talks about the research process for "Rescue Dawn," the decision to not do "Band of Brothers," and his hope for a role in "Saving Private Ryan." Discusses Werner Herzog's approach to filming "Rescue Dawn."
Keywords: Band of Brothers (Film); Comedy; Courage Under Fire (Film); Crimson Tide (Film); Dale Dye; Deiter Dangler; Duane W. Martin; Joyride (Film); Rescue Dawn (Film); That Thing You Do (Film); Tom Hanks; Werner Herzog
Subjects: Acting; Comedy
Partial Transcript: You have this amazing story about...I like the idea of connecting it to playing "pretend" as a child, the story of the letter.
Segment Synopsis: Returns to the topic of early influences on his fascination with the military, watching "the World at War," and how as a child he loved to check out books about the military. Connects his early interest in military to his professional career as an actor.
Keywords: Lawrence Olivier; The World at War (Documentary); Vietnam War; World War II; the National World War II Museum
Subjects: Vietnam War; World War, 1939-1945
Partial Transcript: At some point, you've reached a level of fame
Segment Synopsis: Reflects on his role as a celebrity and his passion for serving and advocating for veterans. Discusses being invited by Pro Sports MVP for the "Ambassadors of Hollywood Tour" to Iraq to visit the troops. Talks about preparations for his visit; the journey to Iraq, flying in Blackhawk Helicopters.
Keywords: Blackhawk Helicopters; Camp Bucca; Iraq; Kuwait; Veterans
Subjects: Iraq War; Veterans--Services for--United States
Partial Transcript: Did you have a moment on that flight, thinking back on that again, that you realized that this wasn't pretend?
Segment Synopsis: Discusses details about his experience in Iraq, impressions of the cafeteria; his general excitement, and his interaction with the troops.
Keywords: Camp Bucca; Camp Ramadi; Iraq
Subjects: Iraq War
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Partial Transcript: I know you probably don't Google yourself, but those photos are online
Segment Synopsis: Describes personal interactions with the troops. Recalls shooting a .50 caliber gun; running in a July 4th race; Using humor to help boost moral. Tells a specific story about participating in a boxing match with a female officer.
Partial Transcript: Camp Bucca was cool. And then just talking with these guys
Segment Synopsis: Reflects on the personal stories told and the friendships made during his visit. Talks about visiting "FOBs" (Forward Operating Bases).
Keywords: Al Asad Airbase; Camp Bucca; Forward Operating Base (FOB); Iraq; Korean Village; Veterans
Partial Transcript: Boyd: We had an interview come in, we did an interview with a gentleman, for this project, who was in a combat support role.
Segment Synopsis: Boyd and Zahn discuss the role of morale in the lives of the troops. Zahn describes his "mission," wanting to make people laugh. Tells a story about having dinner with a group of soldiers who had just returned from a mission where they lost troops and his efforts to engage them and boost their morale. Tells a powerful story about flying out of Iraq seated next to a woman who wept as the plane took off.
Keywords: Humor; Morale
Partial Transcript: Yeah, and just having... Now, the beauty of that trip...now when I run into a vet, I have a doorway.
Segment Synopsis: Reflects on how his trip to Iraq has improved his ability to connect to veterans. Tells a story about interacting with veterans while working on the TV series Treme in New Orleans. Discusses activism and the importance of supporting the troops when they are both "clean" and when they are "dirty and broken."
Keywords: Morale; Transition; Veterans
Partial Transcript: I am definitely going to go on more trips
Segment Synopsis: Talks about how he wants to continue to serve the troops. Discusses the importance of doing projects like the Nunn Center's "From Combat to Kentucky Oral History Project." Zahn and Boyd discuss the importance of recording oral history.
Keywords: Oral history; Veterans; student veterans