Breaking into Hollywood is a difficult thing to do. It takes discipline, perseverance, and a whole lot of luck. But compared to boot camp, military service, and Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, making it into showbiz is a walk in the park.
Before he became a wrestler, actor or a politician, Jesse Ventura was a Navy SEAL, completing his BUD/S training, which includes doing 42 push-ups in two minutes and swimming 500 yards in 10 minutes. Such physical training would come in handy for his work in the action movies Predator, Demolition Man, The Running Man, and Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe. Ventura described his SEALs training in his autobiography as “worse than anything you can imagine.” Worse then going to 20 auditions without getting a call back? Ventura continued with useful advice for both aspiring SEALs and actors: “You have to want it bad, very bad.”
Another SEAL who went Hollywood was Chuck Pfarrer, the screenwriter behind Navy SEALs.
The assault element commander of the infamous elite SEAL Team Six,
Pfarrer trained NATO forces in Europe and served as a military adviser
in South America. He was also a member of one of the four SEAL classes (out of 280) that didn’t have a single man quit during “Hell Week,” in
which trainees get no more than four hours of sleep. (The rigors of
Hell Week were recreated in G.I. Jane.) After such a grueling experience, it must have been interesting for Pfarrer to watch the actors in Navy SEALs complete their own two-week BUD/S style “boot camp.”
for all of you aspiring actors out there who are planning to make it
big in Tinsel Town but don’t know how to get started: The first thing
you might want to do is drop and give me 42.