Director Michael Bay defended his new film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” amid criticism for being too political.
“The politics got in the way of this great human story,” Bay said, appearing on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday. Calling the film an “inspirational story,” Bay said the only message he was trying to convey was about the heroism of special forces units that risk their lives saving others.
“They’re an extraordinary group of people. They’re very selfless,” Bay said. “This is really to honor these type of men that do this every day, that put themselves in harm’s way. That’s what the movie is really about.”
Bay disagreed with O’Reilly’s remark that viewers who were not familiar with the story behind the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi “might be a little lost.” Bay noted the “amazing feedback” he has received, saying “both sides of the aisle are really impressed with the movie.”
“We were just saying the facts,” Bay replied, defending the film from critics who called it politically divisive. O’Reilly noted that the movie never even mentions Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack.
However, the Fox host said many people objected to Bay’s portrayal of the Muslim fanatics, which he called “terrible, villainous, awful, savages.” Bay countered that the film was based on the facts as described in the book by the men who lived through the event. “It was a rough, rough hell night,” he said.
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