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March 1, 2010     Volume 1


Plan to play Prince leaves Beach in tears
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Actor 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."

Webb realizes many war veterans battle demons after their service ends.

"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 Victoria Cross.

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