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Posted: 2/14/2002 11:28:18 PM EDT
Old news?? December 18, 2001 -- The Army pressured the filmmakers of "Black Hawk Down" to change the name of the war hero portrayed by Ewan McGregor - because the real-life soldier is serving a 30-year prison term for rape and child molestation, says the man who wrote the book that spawned the movie. In Ridley Scott's highly anticipated movie, McGregor plays Ranger John Grimes, a desk jockey who is called into battle during the botched Army operation in Somalia in 1993. The character is based on real-life Ranger John "Stebby" Stebbins, but Pentagon officials asked his name be changed in an attempt to keep his shame a secret, claims author Mark Bowden, who also penned the original screenplay for the movie. Stebbins' embittered ex-wife, Nora Stebbins, complained in an e-mail to The Post: "They are going to make millions off this film in which my ex-husband is portrayed as an All-American hero when the truth is he is not." Army sources confirmed to The Post that Stebbins - who was awarded the Silver Star, one of America's highest honors, for his bravery in the bloody Battle of Mogadishu - was court-martialed and sentenced on June 8, 2000. Janet Wray, a spokeswoman for Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas, confirmed yesterday: "We have a John Stebbins here. He arrived on June 9 last year and is serving a 30-year sentence for sodomy with a child under 12 and rape." "Black Hawk Down," the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie which opens Dec. 28, is based on Bowden's best-selling book of the same name. In the book, Bowden refers to Stebbins by his real name and says he surprised everyone with his heroics. "He was a changed man, a wild animal, dancing around, shooting like a madman," wrote Bowden, who also penned the original draft of the screenplay. But Stebbins will not get to see McGregor's portrayal of him in the $95 million film, which was filmed in Kenitra, Morocco, in March this year. "As it happened, Stebbins got in trouble with the law," Bowden was quoted as saying recently. "The Army asked us to change the name." A Revolution Studios spokeswoman would say only that the name-change was "a creative decision made by the producers." "There were 100 men in the battle and only 40 speaking parts, so we had to condense some of the characters," she said. "[Grimes] is one who is a compilation of a number of soldiers who fought in that battle so his name was changed." Stebbins, 36, a former baker from upstate Ithaca, had tried and failed to join the Army three times during the Persian Gulf War and finally made it into the crack Rangers unit, Bowden's book says. But he worked as a company clerk, and was ribbed by his fellow soldiers as "chief coffee maker" and "paper pusher."
Link Posted: 2/15/2002 12:11:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER: Old news??
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Yeah, kinda. It was posted here and over on Assaultweb around the time the movie was coming out.
Link Posted: 2/15/2002 12:22:40 AM EDT
Very, very old news. There are a lot of soldiers who are working on proving his innocence. This is a divorce case after all. Of course no one has ever been falsely convicted of “child abuse” in a divorce case. Mike
Link Posted: 2/15/2002 1:56:05 AM EDT
Our 42nd president was a rapist. And it's not like Sally Hemmings had a choice whether or not to screw Thomas Jefferson.
Link Posted: 2/15/2002 3:37:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By raven: And it's not like Sally Hemmings had a choice whether or not to screw Thomas Jefferson.
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"We have a Black Hawk going down..." [:O]
Link Posted: 2/15/2002 3:49:57 AM EDT
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And it's not like Sally Hemmings had a choice whether or not to screw Thomas Jefferson.
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And it's not like there weren't twenty-five male members of the Jefferson clan living within ten miles of Monticello that couldn't have fathered any of Sally's children. Even the authors of the DNA study admitted as much. Eric The(Stunned)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 2/15/2002 3:57:09 AM EDT
Originally Posted By raven: Our 42nd president was a rapist. And it's not like Sally Hemmings had a choice whether or not to screw Thomas Jefferson.
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Well when you get your history from Chris Rock...these things happen Called her up on the slave hotline...and said Wa chu doin?...etc... What wuz this thread about again....if presidents can be rapists then they can also be war heros?....another thread hijacked for political purpose
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