Actor Miles Teller plays Sergeant Adam Schumann in the new movie “Thank You For Your Service” out in theaters October 27.
The movie, based on a true story, follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning home from Iraq, while living with the memory of war.
Hot Topics host Heather Catlin sat down with the real Adam Schumann, along with Miles Teller and first time director Jason Hall.
Schumann opened up saying seeing his struggles unfold on the big screen was difficult, but freeing.
“Gut wrenching, cut me to the bone. There were moments where I was just weeping at moments at moments of my life that were terrible, but it was therapeutic in a way because it was right in front of me in a way it wasn’t stuck in my head,” Schumann said with Teller by his side.
Teller knows that he’s a “Hollywood” guy and this was not real life, but he’s thankful he now has a better understanding of PTSD.
“I grew so much just acting as Adam. Imitating Adam, being in that head space,” he said. “The amount of lifetimes these guys live in just a couple months overseas when they’re deployed is incredible and I have so much respect.”
Hall, who received an Academy Award nomination for his screenwriting of “American Sniper” said they spent a lot of time with Schumann at his home in North Dakota to get a sense of who he really is.
“You know, Adam took us out into the snow on purpose to see if these city boys could deal with a little North Dakota weather and they got right into it and Miles asked Adam all the tough questions,” said Hall.
So how did the “city boys” do in the cold state of North Dakota?
“They did great,” said Schumann with a big smile.
If you are a veteran or are currently serving in the military, you could watch this movie for free. Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres are offering up to 10,000 free tickets to U.S. veterans and active-duty service members at more than 400 AMC locations nationwide. Each of the first 25 service members (per location) with valid, government-issued ID who request a ticket will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m. preview screening on October 26. Click here for more information.