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While Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried were promoting their new movie Dear John (out in theaters today) they made a stop at the Apple Store in NYC, SoHo where they were greeted by hundreds of screaming teenage girls and women (mostly Channing fans, sorry Amanda). Knowing that the duo was at Fort Bragg not too long ago giving a little piece of Hollywood to our troops, I wanted to see if they were going to bring that up during their discussion of Dear John.
Most people in the audience were interested in finding out about the actors and their upcoming projects. Even though the backdrop of the movie deals with the military, that didn’t seem to be a topic of interest. That changed when one member of the audience mentioned that her father is currently overseas and it got both Channing and Amanda to talk about their positive experiences with the military. I was fortunate enough to ask about their trip to Fort Bragg. They both called it extremely special and one of the best stops they made on the promotional tour.
Channing made a point to say how he has many soldier friends and how knowing their personal experiences have helped him get a good grasp of the role. He called them ordinary people with the most extraordinary jobs.
It was great to hear the theater quiet down and reflect on the fact that although this movie is fiction, it is a reality for many military couples; both the men and the women serving and those on the home front make sacrifices. A very small percentage of our society is considered to be in the military community. It is very important for various forms of media to give us a look into their lives so that we can get a better understanding. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried were successful at giving a select group of New Yorkers a time to pause, reflect and think about our troops and their families.