Breaking into Hollywood is a difficult thing to do. It takes discipline, perseverance, and a whole lot of luck. But compared to boot camp, military service, and Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, making it into showbiz is a walk in the park.
Before he became a wrestler, actor or a politician, Jesse Ventura was a Navy SEAL, completing his BUD/S training, which includes doing 42 push-ups in two minutes and swimming 500 yards in 10 minutes. Such physical training would come in handy for his work in the action movies Predator , Demolition Man , The Running Man , and Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe. Ventura described his SEALs training in his autobiography as “worse than anything you can imagine.” Worse then going to 20 auditions without getting a call back? Ventura continued with useful advice for both aspiring SEALs and actors: “You have to want it bad, very bad.”
Another SEAL who went Hollywood was Chuck Pfarrer, the screenwriter behind Navy SEALs .
The assault element commander of the infamous elite SEAL Team Six,
Pfarrer trained NATO forces in Europe and served as a military adviser
in South America. He was also a member of one of the four SEAL classes (out of 280) that didn’t have a single man quit during “Hell Week,” in
which trainees get no more than four hours of sleep. (The rigors of
Hell Week were recreated in G.I. Jane .) After such a grueling experience, it must have been interesting for Pfarrer to watch the actors in Navy SEALs complete their own two-week BUD/S style “boot camp.”
for all of you aspiring actors out there who are planning to make it
big in Tinsel Town but don’t know how to get started: The first thing
you might want to do is drop and give me 42.
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