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Generation Kill

HBO miniseries
Premiered July 13, 2008

Lee Tergesen plays embedded reporter Evan Wright in this seven-part miniseries that premiered July 13, 2008, on HBO. Each episode lasts more than an hour.

Evan Wright -- nicknamed "Scribe" -- wrote the award-winning book "Generation Kill," which expanded upon his articles in Rolling Stone magazine when he was with U.S. troops in the first phase of the Iraq war in 2003.

The other principal cast members are Alexander Skarsgard, James Ransone, Stark Sands and Jon Huertas. The miniseries is being adapted by David Simon and Ed Burns, the creators of the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire."

The miniseries is a gritty look at the early movements of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion as they spearhead the military march into Baghdad. It depicts the complex challenges faced by the U.S.-led mission in the war's early stages. Wright rode in the lead Humvee of on the leading edge of the invasion.

The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Generation Kill puts viewers at eye level with the battles fought by Bravo Company's 2nd Platoon, framing the story as a long, dusty road trip punctuated by moments of terrible violence."


IGN Coverage
Reviews for each episode, plus other features

Opie and Anthony Show on XM radio
Aug. 10, 2008 ?

TV Guide
July 21-Aug 3 issue

As scribe Wright's alter ego, Oz vet Tergesen, 42, is bemused and appalled by the war's savagery and dark comedy, "It's an incredible journey that opens his eyes to a lot of horrors of the world," Tergesen says. "At the same time," he admits, "We laughed our asses off."

Especially during the many sing-alongs in the Humvee, which reminded Tergesen of his part in the "Bohemian Rhapsody" scene in "Wayne's World": " I'd be like, 'This is weird. I'm in the backseat again!'"

Knoxville News
July 13, 2008

The Knoxville News interviews Lee, who talks about the rigors of being cast in "Generation Kill":

"I was a little freaked out from ... traveling so much. I was really trying focus on staying in New York. Then this came up: Seven months (of shooting), a 22-hour ride by plane. My dad was turning 75 while I was away ... I just felt weird about leaving (home). I don't know. The unknown freaked me out."

And in a video, he talks about the fans who came to see him for "Good Boys and True." [See also: Meeting Lee No. 9]

Entertainment Weekly
July 4, 2008

EW gives the miniseries receives an A- and notes:

Kill is adapted from a book by Rolling Stone correspondent Evan Wright, who was embedded with those Marines and is a writer on the miniseries. He's also a character; as played by Oz's Lee Tergesen, he's our innocent-eyed surrogate among the soldiers...

New York Sun
July 11, 2008

The New York Sun provides an excellent analysis of the miniseries as well as this note about Lee:

Mr. Tergesen is also particularly adept at capturing a journalist's hovering outsider presence, and at registering a reporter's joy at all the foul-mouthed bon mots thrown his way.

July 8, 2008

This reviewer attended the HBO-hosted Los Angeles premiere and had praise for Lee:

The mid-episode arrival of Evan Wright himself (perfectly embodied by Oz castmate Lee Tergesen) portends a noble-minded onscreen surrogate, but Simon and company make sure to absorb him in the ensemble - he's no omniscient observer, just another guy doing his job, one more mysterious splotch on the canvas.

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)
July 10, 2008

Evan Wright is interviewed and describes his advice -- or lack thereof -- to the man who portrays him.

Intriguingly, the actor Wright gave the least guidance was Tergesen.


"I worked closely with all of the actors, because I knew the real guys," Wright said. "But with Lee, I didn't want to upset the balance. I didn't want him to freeze up. . . . We talked. We had dinner in Africa, and he kind of interviewed me."

It was while peppering Wright with questions that Tergesen figured out how to play the writer from Cleveland.


"The key was that I had quit drinking several years earlier," Wright said. "I was a very heavy drinker previously. And there's something about combat that replicates the sort of emotional chaos of being a heavy drinker. And even though you quit drinking, you kind of miss the chaos in a sick way. So he asked me how did I feel over in Iraq, and I told him that. . . . For a person like me, who's kind of a control freak, there's something almost nice about the fact that you know you have no control. It's sort of a relief."

New York Times
July 11, 2008

“Generation Kill” ... is bold, uncompromising and oddly diffident. It maintains impeccable dignity even as it tracks a group of shamelessly and engagingly profane, coarse and irreverent Marines, members of an elite reconnaissance battalion that spearheaded the invasion. The odyssey of these men from training tents in Kuwait to occupied Baghdad is laid out with brutal candor and without the aid of maudlin cinematography or emotive music. ... It is in keeping with the series’ sense of propriety that Mr. Wright’s tale is never about Mr. Wright. The reporter is in the lead Humvee on all the missions but remains a self-effacing minor character, not a star.

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Generation Kill
book by Evan Wright

HBO sought to preserve the gritty authenticity Wright captured in the book, shooting in the deserts of southern Africa throughout the second half of 2007:

- First 5 weeks in Swakopmund, Namibia.
- Then 13 weeks in Upington, South Africa.
- Then 2 months in Maputo, Mozambique.
- Then a month in Johannesburg, South Africa, wrapping up just before Christmas 2007.