Actor Aidan Quinn’s new film, “Allegiance”, harkens back to 2004, when National Guard troops were sent to Iraq. Thousands of soldiers who had signed up for part-time duty were suddenly faced with a year of combat in a foreign country. In the new film Quinn plays a battalion commander who has to prepare a part-time unit for combat. “Allegiance” explores issues of loyalty versus duty and Quinn comes to the studio to talk about the film.
Based on director Mike Connors’ personal experiences while serving in the military, the film pays tribute to the 21 million veterans living in the United States today. It was written, directed, produced and financed almost entirely by veterans. Former Navy SEALS and Army Green Berets were enlisted to train the actors and extras. “We had military always there,” Quinn says. “They just made sure that they kept it real.”
Soledad O’Brien asks if military movies are becoming more common in Hollywood. Quinn says no. “I think Hollywood’s very afraid of any military films,” Quinn says, “because they’re tough for the audience, because we have conflicted feelings about involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think the great thing that has changed is we have 100%—almost seems like 100%—approval of our veterans and support for our veterans.”
“Allegiance” is now available on VOD, and hits theaters on December 28 in NY and January 4 in LA.