“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” opens wide in theaters today. It’s a film based on a true story of an incident that happened in Libya in 2012 from Paramount Studios and stars Toby Stephens (Black Sails) as one of the Navy Seals that volunteers to defend the American Ambassador.
During a recent press blitz for television I was able to squeeze a couple questions in from actor Toby Stephens who has a staring role on the film.
Allie Hanley: Your new movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is coming out in a few days …. tell me about the film.
Toby Stephens: The film is based on a true story from 2012. The ambassador was staying in his compound in Benghazi when it was attacked by Islamic militants. There was a bunch of ex-Navy Seals that were working as security for the CIA who ended up defending this compound against the Islamists. And some of them ended up dying. They basically held this compound sort of like The Alamo, holding them off for 13 hours until they were relieved and the attack ended. It’s really a straight telling of that story.
Allie: So you play a pirate, ex-British Navy officer on the Starz hit show “Black Sails.” Can you talk about the physicality differences of that role and switching over to playing a Navy Seal?
Toby: Totally different. I’m playing an American Navy Seal and the character, Glen Doherty… Basically, he was their boss. At the time he was in Tripoli, which is still in Libya, but quite a long distance away from Benghazi. When he finds out about the raid, he was like “Ya I gotta get their somehow to help them out” because help wasn’t coming from any direction. So he had to get a team together, and fly down there, and get to the compound and relieve them. Most of the film is taken up with them on their journey.
Allie: So, is the story mostly told from inside the compound or in the street of Libya?
Toby: The journey turns out to be a nightmare because when they got there on a private plane there were all these militants that were supposedly there to help them but their loyalties were very dubious.
I felt a huge responsibility in playing Glen because he was a real person and he did die, and he has family who will come see this film. I wanted to do him service really.
For more on Toby Stevens, check back next week for an in depth interview in regards to his character Captain Flint on Starz TV show “Black Sails.”
The film has been shown in special venues even premiering in Dallas’s AT& T stadium with cast and the real life heroes and is now playing wide.
Based on the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.
Rating: R (for strong combat violence throughout, bloody images, and language.)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: Michael Bay
Written By: Mitchell Zuckoff, Chuck Hogan
In Theaters: Jan 15, 2016 Wide
Paramount Pictures – Official Site