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Iraq War Drama Gets Denzel Washington

I cannot hide my adoration for Denzel Washington, who is one of my Hollywood heroes. Now, he might play a real-life hero in the Iraq war drama he's producing, the description for which already makes me feel weepy. According to Reuters:

The project, "Journal for Jordan," is based on a New York Times essay by Dana Canedy, who described a 200-page journal written by her fiance, 1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King, for their son.

The 48-year-old soldier was killed in Baghdad in October, one month shy of finishing his tour of duty. He had left for the Middle East before his son was born.

The journal aimed to impart words of wisdom to the son on how to live a proper life and to prepare him for a life without his father.

Crying yet? Well, I am.

Is it too soon to start working on big Hollywood productions about the Iraq war? Perhaps not, considering that a number of thought-provoking movies came out on the heels of World War II. The Best Years of Our Lives, for instance, was highly critical of the war despite being released just one year after the end of combat. It will be interesting to see if and how Journal for Jordan can prompt a dialog.


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