So much truth in Roland Emmerichs Midway

So much truth in Roland Emmerich’s “Midway”

Like us Roland Emmerich explained in an interview, he laid much emphasis on authenticity in his war film “Midway”. We have picked out some scenes that cry out for Hollywood fiction – but true.

Caution, this article contains spoilers for “Midway”!

Caution, this article contains spoilers for “Midway”!

“Everything that happens in this movie is really happening. . Everything “So answered our blockbuster director Roland Emmerich on the question of how close he and his war movie” Midway – wanted to come for the freedom of “the real events surrounding the eponymous battle between Americans and Japanese in the Pacific. Later he admitted that would make any film some artistic license, of course – which has made us curious. We have picked out a few exciting scenes and some research. And what it looked like at first to heroic myths of Hollywood, was usually very close to the truth.

The FILM STARTS interview with Roland Emmerich on “Midway”

Genuine lung victims

Like all other figures of the main occupation and it really gave the pilots Dick Best (Ed Skrein). In the film shows how he even does not break off his attack on the Japanese fleet, as its turns out to be harmful mixture for breathing imaginary oxygen tank and begins to hurt his lungs. What initially sounds like sacrifice myth of the ideal American soldiers is true:

Best breathed during the battle aware of a toxic gas through its ventilation tank to his squadron continue to lead. In the battle of Midway, he then sank two aircraft carriers, but the fighting for over two and a half years had to go because of tuberculosis treatment and hang up his flying career on the nail at the end.

Prowess of a mechanic

As a Japanese kamikaze pilot on the aircraft carrier Enterprise is heading, the mechanic Bruno Gaido (Nick Jonas) decides to act quickly: He jumps into a standing around on the deck plane and brings the threat with the cannon from the sky. Gaido escapes it only just managed to survive, as the crashing plane rips his pilots into two parts and then sinks into the sea.

This story actually happened – and as depicted in the film, Gaido was promoted promptly because of his courage. What is not shown in the film: The mechanic was initially convinced to be thrown because of his unconventional intervention from the Navy, hid on the aircraft carrier and had his promotion only once by his comrades be found FMovies.

Code breakers were strange oddballs

“Midway” portrayed next to huge battles, the more hidden work of the code breaker whose work made it possible that the US Navy could lure the Japanese fleet into a trap. are given the monitoring specialists in the film by Joseph Rochefort (Brennan Brown), who dressed in a robe shuffles through the area and seems to live in his office.

Reports of his contemporaries, according to this is true: working Rochefort, like many of his subordinates also often twelve hour shifts, rarely left his area did not wash for days and often wore a combination of bathrobe and slippers at work.

Fictitious: meeting of two soldiers

Roland Emmerich but still adheres to the historical facts: At the very beginning of the film a meeting of the officer Layton (Patrick Wilson) with the Japanese Admiral Yamamoto (Etsushi Toyokawa) is shown. The meeting takes place in the film before the outbreak of war between the US and Japan, the two men talking to each other fear.

The scene serves, inter alia, to portray both men not as a warmonger, but as soldiers who want to avoid a conflict. But this meeting have Emmerich and screenwriter Wes Tooke thought: While voting various details Рabout Layton served as a military attach̩ in 1937 actually in Tokyo and Yamamoto had studied at Harvard Рbut that the two have ever met each other, is historically not guaranteed.