State Rep. Allen Vaught to Be in New Matt Damon Movie

I profiled State Rep. Allen Vaught in our December issue, which is just hitting newsstands. When you read it, you will not find the following detail in it, as Allen just e-mailed it to me. So go ahead and print this out and paste it somewhere in the body of the story. Anyway, Vaught and the translator he worked with while stationed in Iraq “will most likely” (Allen’s words) appear in the forthcoming movie based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City. The film, which looks like it will be released sometime in 2009, stars Matt Damon, and is directed by Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum). Filming begins in January, and, as Vaught says:

It focuses on the early parts of the invasion, and the disconnect between those of us in the field versus the people in the Green Zone. They want actual soldiers who were there playing soldiers in the movie, so we are rounding up a few soldiers to take part.

If you’ve seen Greengrass’ work, you know this is entirely in his wheelhouse.

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4 responses to “State Rep. Allen Vaught to Be in New Matt Damon Movie”

  1. JB says:

    As long as Mr. Greengrass doesn’t overuse the nauseous shaky camera thingy, I bet this movie will do much better that ‘Redacted.’

  2. Jim says:

    Greengrass? Nope, there’ll be shaky camera – bring your doggy bag.

  3. billh says:

    I’m sure happy mr Vaught is my state rep. he sent the most useful information packet by email on the constitutional amendments.
    this reminds me of a story I heard on NPR this morning, about the impact of this war on Translators:

    The Impact of War
    Lawmakers Lobby to Bring Iraqi Translators to U.S.

    by Deborah Amos

    Morning Edition, November 27, 2007 · Congress is opening the door to America a little wider for Iraqis who served as translators for the U.S. military. Thousands of Iraqis risked their lives in those jobs. Congress boosted the number of visas authorized from 50 to 500 a year, and there are bills to expand that number up to 5,000.

  4. Mike says:

    Chandernotgonnaworkhereanyomre’s book is quite strong and just one of many recent work’s that shocks a only mildly observant voter like me.