All main actors in the movie Saving Private Ryan apart from Matt Damon were required to undergo military training. This was done so the remaining cast would build up genuine resentment for his character.

In casting the film Spielberg sought to create a cast that “looked” the part, stating in an interview, “You know, the people in World War II actually looked different than people look today”, adding to this end that he cast partly based on wanting the cast “to match the faces I saw on the newsreels.” …

All main actors in the movie Saving Private Ryan apart from Matt Damon were required to undergo military training. This was done so the remaining cast would build up genuine resentment for his character. Read More »