Lone Survivor

(2013)

Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish.

Mark Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the author of the first-person memoir “Lone Survivor,” whose book has become a motivational resource for its lessons on how the power of the human spirit is tested when we are pushed beyond our mental and physical limits. Starring alongside Wahlberg as the other members of the SEAL team are Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster.

‘Lone Survior’ Interview with Ben Foster | EXCLUSIVE

‘Lone Survior’ Interview with Ben Foster | EXCLUSIVE

Ben Foster is no stranger to portraying real-life characters, taking on the literary icon William S. Burroughs in Kill Your Darlings and disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in an upcoming untitled biopic. The multi-talented actor takes on one of the most challenging roles of his career in Lone Survivor, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD June 3. The action-thriller is adapted from the best-selling memoir written by former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (portrayed by Mark Wahlberg), who was part of a four-man mission along with Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch) and Matt "Axe" Axelson (Ben Foster) to capture Taliban leader Ahmad Shah in 2005. Their mission quickly turned into a nightmare, as they were ambushed and highly outnumbered as they try to make it out of enemy territory in one piece.

I recently had the chance to speak with Ben Foster over the phone about taking on this heroic character, the training he went through, while offering updates on upcoming projects such as Warcraft and his Lance Armstrong biopic. Take a look at what he had to say in our exclusive interview.

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‘Lone Survivor’ Featurette: Recreating the Firefight | EXCLUSIVE

‘Lone Survivor’ Featurette: Recreating the Firefight | EXCLUSIVE

Lone Survivor star Emile Hirsch and director Peter Berg explain how the elaborate and complex gunfight was created in our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD release on June 3. The real-life experiences of Marcus Luttrell comes to life in this action-packed adaptation that follows four Navy SEALS (Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster) as they embark on a mission in the Afghanistan mountains where they become ambushed and must fight for their lives. Go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew to see how this explosive firefight was created for the big screen.

Based on The New York Times best-selling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative. The four men must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As the confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish. Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter) leads an all-star cast including Taylor Kitsch (Savages, Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Eric Bana (Star Trek) in a movie hailed by critics as "unforgettable, tense and inspiring" (Movieline).

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GIVEAWAY: Win ‘Lone Survivor’ on Blu-ray

GIVEAWAY: Win ‘Lone Survivor’ on Blu-ray

Based on the best-selling book by Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor tells a harrowing tale of survival, which fans can watch from the comfort of their own home on Blu-ray and DVD June 3. Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster star as four Navy SEAL soldiers who are tasked with taking out a high-level al-Qaeda operative. The mission soon turns into an ambush behind enemy lines as they fight to survive in Afghanistan. We have a contest lined up where fans can win a copy of the Blu-ray, to experience this true story adaptation in high-definition. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win.

HERE'S HOW TO WIN! Just "Like" (fan) the Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours! If you already "Like" , just leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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‘Lone Survivor’ Blu-ray Trailer Starring Mark Wahlberg

‘Lone Survivor’ Blu-ray Trailer Starring Mark Wahlberg

Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative face an impossible, moral decision in Lone Survivor, the intense, action-packed story of heroism, courage and survival, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on June 3, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Lone Survivor will also be available on Digital HD two weeks earlier on May 20, 2014. Take a look at the Blu-ray trailer and artwork, then read on for more details about this upcoming release.

Based on Marcus Luttrell's The New York Times bestselling memoir, Director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) explores the unbreakable bond of brotherhood in a film that Rolling Stone's Peter Travers praised as "a powerhouse film." Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of Operation Red Wings, a mission about four Navy SEALs ambushed by the enemy deep in the mountains of Afghanistan. As the soldiers are confronted by unthinkable odds they must find reserves of strength and resilience in order to fight to the finish.

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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Lone Survivor’ Wins Big with $38.5 Million

BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Lone Survivor’ Wins Big with $38.5 Million

‘Frozen’ drops to second place with $15 million while ‘The Legend of Hercules’ opens in fourth with $8.6 million. Find out what other movies made the top 10.
GIVEAWAY: Win Prizes from ‘Lone Survivor’

GIVEAWAY: Win Prizes from ‘Lone Survivor’

We're giving away a headmaster cap and t-shirt from this true-story adaptation. Marcus Luttrell's tale of survival expands nationwide January 10th.
‘Lone Survivor’ Featurette 'The Real Heroes'

‘Lone Survivor’ Featurette 'The Real Heroes'

Meet author Marcus Luttrell and the families of his fellow soldiers. Go behind-the-scenes with director Peter Berg to see how they brought this story to life.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lone Survivor’ AFI Fest Premiere Interviews

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lone Survivor’ AFI Fest Premiere Interviews

Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Jerry Ferrara, and director Peter Berg hit the red carpet last night. This true story war drama is in theaters December 27th.