I was one of mutinous 2nd Maine hard-heads that Joshua L. Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) had to convince to join them in the 20th Maine. I was on and off camera a good long bit between the time they marched us into camp until the end of Chamberlain's "Why we are fighting" speech. I was amazed how Jeff Daniels nailed that speech in one take without stopping.
I was also there and participated during the filming of Little Round Top, but was dressed as a Confederate that time. You can't see me in those parts, but it was just awesome to be there.
Here's one of my scenes. I am the second one behind and to the left of Private Bucklin (actor John Diehl from "Miami Vice") wearing a big black cowboy hat
That's awesome. I have a friend at SDSU and one his family friends was also visible in a scene. I believe he was a confederate in the scene and he walked with a noticeable limp and he picked him out right away.
One of the great aspects of the movie was that all the soldiers we're pretty much reenactors.
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"ItsCyence is absolutely fantastic" - Time Magazine (1944)
It was a great experience. All we got was lunch each day and dirt make up on our faces and hands. The funny thing is, when I watch the movie, all I can think of is all the cameras and camcorders that are hidden in all those soldiers' gunny sacks. Whenever there was a break, they all came out. Kind of ruins the authenticity for me!
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