'Avengers' Gets Helping Hand From Army Reserve Soliders

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Did you notice how authentic the soldiers in the teaser trailer for "The Avengers" were? Well, you should have, because they just might have been the real deal.

Joss Whedon recruited 25 members of the Ohio-based 391st Military Police Battalion for the big action sequence that factored heavily into last month's teaser trailer. The troops were brought in to add authenticity to the otherwise outlandish superhero film. "The combat scenes had great realism," said Lt. Col. John Clearwater, deputy director for OCPA-LA. "It's a tribute to the U.S. Army Reserves and the veteran 391st MP Battalion. They rocked the streets of Cleveland with their 50-caliber machine guns and Mark-19's. The film crew was blown away by their firepower and teamwork."

According to a report on the Army's website, Whedon took the 391st's advance to heart. "It's easy for us to make on-the-spot corrections to tactics and uniforms," Staff Sgt. Michael T. Landis said. "The director actually took our recommendation on one scene and let us all engage the enemy as opposed to only the gunners in the trucks engaging."

Usually actors receive training from the real life experts for films, but in this case, the production took it one step further.

"We used actual tactics that we know," Spc. Daniel Lee said. "Instead of trying to teach civilians the same thing, we were able to accurately portray the fighting warrior."

When the photos from the Army's site are compared with the footage from the trailer, it looks like the soldier briefly shown in the clip could very well be the actual reserve soldiers.

Thanks to Superhero Hype for the head's up.

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