November 25, 2016
TACOMA, Wash. — Mel Gibson’s new film “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the story of a World War II soldier, Desmond Doss, who received the Medal of Honor for single-handedly rescuing 75 wounded soldiers.
On an escarpment known as “Hacksaw Ridge” on Okinawa, Doss refused to find cover, plunged into the line of fire to find his injured comrades, and one by one lowered them down a cliff with rope to friendly hands. …
But this is no ordinary war hero. A devout Seventh Day Adventist, Doss refused to touch a gun. He was the first conscientious objector to receive the award. And his son Desmond Doss Jr. … says the movie is ultimately not about war or patriotism. … “This movie is really a love story,” Doss Jr. said. “That’s what we need in this world is more caring for each other. And here’s an example of somebody that was a vehicle for some incredible love.”
Desmond Doss Jr. said it was a “perfect” portrayal of his father. It’s like he came alive on the screen, he said. Garfield, an Australian, perfected Doss Sr.’s mannerisms, from his Southern dialect to his “quiet determination.” So it was emotional for both of them when Desmond Jr. met Garfield. … “He asked me what I thought of what he did. I said, ‘You nailed it. It’s perfect.’ And he was moved by that,” Doss said. “He wanted to do that.”
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