Big Screen Benghazi: ’13 Hours’ Makes World Premiere at AT&T Stadium

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ARLINGTON — In case you didn’t get your red carpet fix from the Golden Globes, there was another red carpet event held in Arlington Tuesday. The blue star took a back seat to the stars of the big screen as cast and crew gathered at AT&T Stadium for the world premiere of “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”

Esteemed filmmaker Michael Bay directed and produced the war drama, “It’s a very powerful movie, and I think it’s going to be an interesting thing to share 30,000 people right here.”

The film is about the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya which resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. It’s based on the book “13 Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi” by Mitchell Zuckoff.

Current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been criticized for her involvement in the incident as Secretary of State, which is also why there’s been some controversy about the movie being released during an election year.

Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger who served in Benghazi, says that’s not the case, “It’s a story about heroism more than anything else, it’s not a story about politics.”

John Krasinski and the rest of the cast is excited for everyone to finally get a chance to check out the film, “It’s a superhero movie without superheroes, these are guys just like you and me who have actually dedicated their lives to this.”

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” opens in theaters everywhere Friday.

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