Saturday night several well-known people will receive Medal of Honor Society Awards at the Patriot Award Gala for their achievements within their fields and commitments to the U.S. military.
The recipients are U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr.,CBS Sports golf commentator David Feherty, CNN Anchor Jake Tapper, and actor and producer Mark Wahlberg.
Wahlberg will receive the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment for his portrayal of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in the movie “Lone Survivor.”
In an interview with Visit Knoxville, Luttrell talked about picking the perfect person for the role.
“We wanted to start out with just a bunch of great actors all on the same level,” Luttrell said. “That way when it came down to it, and there was one guy left, you would walk out and say I never saw that coming. I had no idea that that was going to happen.”
When Luttrell found out Wahlberg landed the role to play him in the film, Luttrell warmed up to the idea.
“The more I got to know Mark and the more time we spent together, I obviously went back and started re-watching his movies for more than just watching them for entertainment, watching it for his attention to detail and everything he did, especially the military movies,” Luttrell said. “And I never had a problem with it, not one time.”
The film “Lone Survivor” follows the story of four Navy SEALs including Medal of Honor recipient Michael Murphy, on a mission to kill or capture a Taliban leader. The SEALs were spotted by insurgents, causing a three day battle in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2005. Wahlberg played Luttrell, the only one to make it out alive.
Luttrell said he was impressed with Wahlberg’s hard work ethic and compassion for men and women who fight for this country.
“He understands the sacrifices that everybody makes while they’re over there,” Luttrell said. “And that’s kind of a special thing I think.”