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'Act of Valor' Trailer Shows Real Navy SEALS on a Fictional Mission (Video)

The Relativity Media feature film started out as a training video for the Navy, which has signed off on the project.

"Act of Valor"
Courtesy of Navy SEALs

Act of Valor has an unusual backstory. The film, directed by Mike "Mouse" McCoy and Scott Waugh, started out as a training video for Navy SEALS. The Navy liked what they saw so much that they decided to turn it into a documentary.

Then, they decided to make a feature, and hired screenwriter Kurt Johnstad (300) to create a fictional story about a squad that goes on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

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Another interesting aspect of the upcoming feature, which will hit theaters on February 17, is that the SEALS are played by actual SEALS. The bad guys, however, are played by actors, including Emilio Rivera and Roselyn Sanchez.

The Navy retained the right to review footage for security reasons, and has signed off on the film.

“The story is fictional, but the weapons and tactics are real,” reads text on the screen in the trailer.

The trailer shows a dramatic story of Navy SEALS on a dangerous rescue mission. There are plenty of guns, explosions and underwater mission scenes to be visually appealing, and the tale is apparently based on a true story.

“You live your life by a code. It’s your shoreline, it’s what guides you home,” says on SEAL in the video. “Trust me, you’re always trying to get home.”