February 13, 2010

Beach cries over playing Prince

Plan to play Prince leaves Beach in tearsAN emotional Adam Beach, fanning himself with a ceremonial eagle feather, dissolved into tears at a Thursday morning press conference announcing he would portray First Nations war hero Tommy Prince in a feature film.

At Thunderbird House on Main Street, Beach, 37, described the personal significance of Prince, a legendary war hero who became the one of the leading lights in the First Special Service Force, a.k.a. the Devil's Brigade, the most successful special service force in military history.

After composing himself, Beach said the story of Prince was an inspiration while he was growing up and would be an inspiration to First Nations youth, especially in Manitoba.

The film's screenwriter and designated director Robin Webb of the Vancouver Island company Bay Film Studios said he was angered by a 1998 documentary on Prince in which roughly half its running time was spent on the years Prince fought a battle against alcoholism in Winnipeg. He conceived of the dramatic feature as a corrective to the stereotype, and a celebration of Prince's astonishing bravery and heroism and found a willing star in Beach (Flags of Our Fathers, TV's Big Love).

"That's what we want to show," Beach said.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Beach to Play Native War Hero and The Best Indian Movies.

1 comment:

Kat said...

Awww... :) Can't wait for the film. Sounds like a great story.