Preview: ‘Megan Leavey'

An unbelievable true story of courage, triumph and friendship is making its way to the big screen.

The new movie Megan Leavey is based on the true life story of a young woman who enlisted in the Marines and formed an emotional bond with a bomb-sniffing dog during two tours of duty in Iraq.

For cast members Kate Mara, Common and Ramon Rodriguez, portraying someone in the military was a big responsibility.

“I think after making this movie and, you know, really talking to Megan Leavey and trying to tell her story in the best way we can, I have just that much more respect for people that go through this sort of thing,” Mara said.

“When you take on the honor and opportunity to play a character and then you take on the honor to play a Marine, someone who served the country, you want to give it as much attention and as much detail and reverence and respect as possible,” Common said.

Mara spent a lot of time getting ready for this role.

“I trained a lot. I was really prepping physically for the role before we ever got into any rehearsals or anything and by the time we were a couple weeks out, the training really consisted of bonding with the dog, which was a huge aspect.”

She also struggled with the weight of the uniform.

“It feels like, 100 pounds. I don’t know if it’s 60 pounds or what, but then the dog weighs probably as much as I do and that alone makes you feel, ‘Oh my god, how do I get through this? How do I get through a day where it’s over 100 degrees out, and I haven’t really begun the search for explosives’ and all that. Instantly, I felt like, ‘Ok, wow, this is just a taster of what [that] must feel like.’”

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