The Black Donnellys: James Badge Dale Plays Robert Leckie on 'The Pacific'
The Black Donnellys: James Badge Dale Plays Robert Leckie on 'The Pacific'
As far as war movies go, this HBO mini-series has a lot to live up to. But since The Pacific is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, it already has a lot to back it up. It also stars James Badge Dale, known for portraying Samson Dawlish on NBC's The Black Donnellys.

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On the war drama, Dale plays author Robert Leckie, who wrote several popular books regarding American military history. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, as well as becoming an intelligence scout and machine gunner in other battles.

There have been but a couple of episodes aired so far, and The Pacific is already getting favorable reviews. Despite acquiring only three million viewers during its premiere, the series is still holding on.

The Pacific is sort of a sequel to the successful HBO series Band of Brothers, and tells the story of U.S. Marines. It's based on two memoirs - With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene Sledge and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie. The series focuses on these writers, as well as on the Marine John Basilone.

In addition to James Badge Dale playing Private First Class Leckie, the cast also boasts of Joseph Mazzello as Corporal Sledge and Jon Seda as Gunnery Sergeant Basilone. On Part One, their story begins as they gain entry into the war. Two of them have enlisted as Marines while Sledge is left behind because of his heart condition.

What follows is more action from The Pacific, which will be featuring well-known battles in Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Okinawa and Peleliu. Even Basilone's involvement in the Battle of Iwo Jima will be reproduced.

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A number of writers from Band of Brothers helped out in the creative process of the HBO show, which certainly adds to hype and intensity that the miniseries has to offer. Part Three of The Pacific expanded the story of these said historians, and their tale continues every Sunday at 9pm on HBO.

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