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By Seth Freilich | Industry | November 4, 2008 |

I feel like a lot of folks aren’t familiar with Dalton Trumbo’s book, Johnny Got His Gun, or the 1971 film of the same name. While I haven’t read the book, I have seen the flick, which is a rather haunting tale of a guy name Joe, a dude who gets his shit fucked up by a mortar in World War I. He winds up in a military hospital in pretty bad shape, a quadruple amputee who also lost his face. He’s fully conscious and trapped in his own shell of a body, unable to figure out how to even communicate with the outside world until about halfway through the story (however, none of this stops him from still being able to pull some tail and get a blow job, at least in the movie version). Even though it’s been over 15 years since I’ve seen the flick, its representation of the tragedy of war has stuck with me (helped, no doubt, by its memorialization in Metallica’s song and video “One”).

Anyway, there was apparently a stage version of the story which has been filmed and is going to be released. And you know how they say “tragedy plus time equals comedy?” Well, the tragedy of Johnny Got His Gun has now, 30+ years later, been turned to comedy thanks to the fact that this travesty stars none other than “The OC’s” Benjamin McMcKenzie. Laugh amongst yourselves:

At Least Joe Won't Be Able to Watch This / Seth Freilich

Industry | November 4, 2008 |

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