Plan to play Prince leaves Beach in tears
Condensed by Native Village
Adam Beach broke into tears at a press conference
announcing that he would portray First Nations war hero,
Tommy Prince, in a feature film. Beach composed
himself, then explained that Prince's story
was in inspiration to him while growing up.
Tommy Prince was an Ojibwe tribal member and
Canada's most decorated
aboriginal war veteran. He
served in WWII and the Korean War and was a member of
The Devil's Brigade, the most successful special
service force in military history.
Robin Webb wrote the script and will direct the film.
Webb had become angry over another film which focused
more on Prince's battle with alcoholism than his bravery
and heroism. He hopes this new effort will correct the
stereotype and celebrate Prince's life.
Adam Beach agrees.
"That's what we want to show," he said.
"We want to show his strength. Everybody seems to want to diminish the strength of a
human being when they fall down."
realizes many war veterans battle demons after their
"I have no interest in dealing with the aftereffects of
what happened to a soldier," Webb said.
"The idea of actually shooting somebody and coming back
thinking you can be normal, it's not real. Tommy killed a lot of people and he saved a lot of his
friends' lives and saw a lot of his friends die. So he
had a battle like every other soldier that came back."
Webb wants to end his film with Prince
receiving one of his medals for bravery from King
George. He'll follow that with a shot of Tommy's final
resting place at
Brookside Cemetery. Prince died in 1977.
Webb said he also intends to spearhead an effort to see
Prince awarded the