- Jan 21, 2015
Not a secret Im sure but interesting to note the reach the US military have in red or green lighting movies and also script changes to suit. Their involvement make the military look good to future recruits so its almost free advertising. Not sure if movies can act a propaganda though. Anyone think their views have been changed because of some line in a superhero movie?
Tom Secker and Matthew Alford report on their astonishing findings from trawling through thousands of new US military and intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
The documents reveal for the first time the vast scale of US government control in Hollywood, including the ability to manipulate scripts or even prevent films too critical of the Pentagon from being made not to mention influencing some of the most popular film franchises in recent years.
This raises new questions not only about the way censorship works in the modern entertainment industry, but also about Hollywoods little known role as a propaganda machine for the US national security apparatus.
....Another one-line quip that was censored by the DOD came in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.
When Bond is about to HALO jump out of a military transport plane they realise hes going to land in Vietnamese waters. In the original script Bonds CIA sidekick jokes You know what will happen. It will be war, and maybe this time well win.
This line was removed at the request of the DOD.
Similarly Fields of Fire and Top Gun 2 were never made because they couldnt obtain military support, again due to politically controversial aspects of the scripts.
This soft censorship also affects TV. For example, a planned Louis Theroux documentary on Marine Corps recruit training was rejected, and as a result was never made.