Monday, September 29, 2008

Pentagon Swaps Killer Drone for Hollywood Access

From The Danger Room:

The Air Force's latest killer drone, the MQ-9 Reaper, plays a key role in the new action flick Eagle Eye. "She's an amazing aircraft," says director D.J. Caruso. But shooting the drone meant getting Pentagon permission, Caruso says.

The film crew's access was managed by the Pentagon's Entertainment Liaison Office, which previously provided F-22s to Iron Man and F-22s, V-22s, ships and helicopters to Transformers. What does the Pentagon get in return for all this hardware?

Publicity, and significant input on the script. On Eagle Eye, that meant adding a character who "allowed us to depict the Air Force as being on the front lines of the war on terrorism," according to Colonel Francisco Hamm, who heads the air service's Hollywood efforts.

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