In Lone Survivor, survival is truly for the fittest, not to mention the bravest. As directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights), it’s a no-frills look at the real-life Operation Red Wings mission, carried out by a four-man team of Navy SEALS in Afghanistan in the summer of 2005. In his 2007, same-named non-fiction book, survivor Marcus Luttrell recounted the harrowing experience in raw, no-punches-pulled detail, which Berg transferred into his at times brutal and altogether powerful film, starring Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell.
But what would happen if our trusty correspondent The Kid Mero were to experience even a fraction of Luttrell’s Lone Survivor story? Armed with only a camera, a microphone, and his NYC-bred realness, Mero headed to Washington, D.C., last month to participate in an “Extreme SEAL Experience,” in honor of Lone Survivor’s DVD and Blu-ray release today. There, Mero fired automatic weapons, spent more time than he’d like to inside a helicopter, and worked the red carpet at the GI Film Festival, where he grilled Berg and Luttrell and, oddly enough, spotted Beyoncé.
Does Mero have what it takes to survive a press trip involving guns, red carpets, and more guns? Find out in the video above.
And a reminder: Lone Survivor is available on DVD and Blu-ray today.