VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Service members in the Hampton Roads area celebrated the East Coast screening of "Battleship" with the film's director, Peter Berg, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS), May 12.
Berg visited JEBLCFS to discuss his movie and show his gratitude for the Navy and Sailors.
"Today is a Navy day," said Berg on the theater stage before the movie began. "I'm happy to stand here to say that Hollywood appreciates you so much. Thank you so much for the work that you do and thank you so much for your service."
Berg went on to tell Sailors that visiting naval museums and learning about naval history with his father, a former Marine and naval historian, helped him in the research and production of "Battleship".
Berg also thanked the Navy for its cooperation in the making of the film.
"We don't have nuclear aircrafts, carriers, submarines, destroyers and missile cruisers in Hollywood," said Berg. "It was a great way to capture something that your average Americans have never seen."
According to Berg, the majority of the film's production began in 2010 after the Department of Defenses' approval for the film, and took place during the U.S. Pacific Fleet's Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) training exercise later that year.
More than 1,400 active duty service members, veterans and their families stood in line to see the movie screening at the base theater.
"I wanted to see "Battleship" because I saw a variation of my aircraft being used," said Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Barbara DeRamon. "I am a fan of naval war games, and I was so excited to see how they included the war games' scenarios in the movie."
Special screenings of "Battleship" are being shown to service members, veterans and their families at various naval bases around the country before the nationwide premiere of the movie, May 18.
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