Long before the Academy Award-winning film “The Hurt Locker” hit the silver screen, documentary producers Doug DePriest and Dan Cesareo were working relentlessly to bring a real life, authentic depiction of the U.S. military’s most elite Navy EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) to fruition.
And American audiences can now see and hear what really goes on as G4 and the United States Navy have partnered for a new, unprecedented ten-episode documentary series “Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan,” following an elite special operation unit as they patrol war-torn battlegrounds to disarm deadly explosives. The gripping series from Big Fish Entertainment, which premiered last month, embeds viewers inside the U.S military and takes them through one of the most dangerous jobs in the world right alongside eight brave Sailors from Navy Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Platoon 342.
“It is a small team, so we really got to these guys and their intimate stories, and yet they volunteer to undergo an extraordinary amount of training with the mission to disable or disarm a bomb,” Cesareo told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “What surprised me was how calmly they all handle life, how they use humor to defuse tension. This series shows the very human side of this war.”
And while “Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan” is far from the creative licenses and fake explosions of Hollywood blockbusters, it does have some star-studded involvement in that “Transformers” star Josh Duhamel came on board as narrator.
“It is truly an honor to be able to partner with G4 to give viewers a look inside the world of the courageous men and women who put their lives on the line to keep soldiers and civilians safe,” Duhamel said. “It is this one-of-a-kind series that shows these real-life heroes using the most advanced technology our military has to disarm explosives, gather evidence, and fight terrorists.”
However, getting the series off the ground and finally to the small screen was no easy feat – but DePriest and Cesareo refused to surrender in spite of the many challenges along the way.
“The Navy signed on fairly quickly and were really supportive, but we really had no roadmap so [getting everything cleared] was difficult,” DePriest explained. “But the Navy made it very clear once we were embedded that they were going to take care of us, and they were there for us through the entire process. This was more than a project to us; this had so much for meaning that just that.”
Having emerged from the entire experience changed men, the filmmakers can only hope it further educates American audiences on just how special this select arm of our armed forces is, and the sacrifices one makes for their beloved country.
“It’s a very human story, a window into a ten-year-war and looking at an aspect of it that isn’t necessarily part of our conversation,” Cesareo added. “It isn’t political; instead you can just watch this and see these guys as a representation of all the troops – Americans putting themselves in harm’s way for all of us.”
“Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan” airs Tuesday at 10PM ET on G4