Battleship Director Peter Berg on “the Most Serious Issue Facing Our Planet Today”

Though he can’t recall the name of Israel’s Prime Minister or Secretary of Defense, Peter Berg offers some scathing critiques of their policies on Iran (“Israelis will die…”) in an interview that was apparently supposed to be about his new film Battleship. And who would know more about the tough decisions over waging war in the Middle East than a man who just directed a film based on a board game?

A board game…about war.

It’s hard to say what the best part of this clip is. When Berg pivots momentarily back to talking about Rihanna? When he talks about the subsequent deaths of Israelis after any Iran strike, and it looks like interviewer Jason Holt is going to punch him in the face? When he calls Holt a motherfucker and accuses him of dodging the draft? (Yes, probably the last of these.) And keep in mind that the whole interview is only one minute and thirty-four seconds long.

Note to Israeli media personalities: when you sit down with anyone to talk about anything, get ready for a lecture about Israeli foreign policy. Watch the whole thing below.

What do you think?

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Samuel Johnson

Sam Johnson was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, but is now an LA-based writer/director/producer. Follow him @smorganjohnson on the twitter.

4 Responses

  1. Colleen

    It’s bit hypocritical for anyone to lecture someone and accuse them of draft dodging when they haven’t served themselves. No one should take Michael Bay’s bastard son seriously.

  2. Cory Trever

    This article is dumb. Berg doesn’t make a “scathing critique” as the author suggests. He objectively states the two alternatives Israel is currently faced with concerning Iran. And the film he’s discussing is jingoist in nature so, while he may be out of line with the reporter, he isn’t completely off-topic.

  3. JL

    Peter Berg is my new hero. Not only does he show unstinting support for Israel defending herself against a genuine threat, he took a the reporter to task for ducking out of IDF service.

  4. chris

    i think the old adage ‘those who live by the sword die by it’ is all inclusive, regardless of flag, religion, race, creed or color. and, i think this has been proven. i hope for peace, love and understanding, i hope we can remember the golden rule, even through the toughest of times. what else is there ?


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