‘The Pacific’: Writer Bruce McKenna Says Part Four Shows A Shocking Surprise

by | April 4, 2010 at 10:04 AM | Interviews, The Pacific

(HBO)

(HBO)

The acclaimed, 10-part HBO series ‘The Pacific‘ continues it’s violent slog across the Pacific. Last week, in episode three, the marines finished their four-month ordeal on Guadalcanal. Physically and mentally debilitated, Robert Leckie, John Basilone and their comrades landed in Melbourne, where they were greeted by adoring crowds and viewed as the saviors of Australia. The fourth returns to the brutality of war Sunday at 9 PM on HBO.

Fancast.com asked ‘The Pacific’ co-executive producer and head writer Bruce C. McKenna to provide his take on key moments as the epic series unfolds. Here’s what he said when we asked him what viewers should watch for in episode four:

Episode four is a shocker. We take Robert Leckie, our hero, and find out that he’s pissing himself in combat. How many war movies do that? John Wayne never pissed himself in combat, though the guy that he portrayed probably did. We send Leckie to a mental institution. I love that because we’re showing the audience again this ain’t no ‘Band of Brothers’. This is what it’s really like in combat. You learn to love that Leckie is going to struggle with his sanity in a way that you understand. Who wouldn’t? That’s the reality of combat. This isn’t Hollywood horses**t. It’s a true story. In real life, the guy had a mental breakdown. It’s in his book.

Watch a preview of part four below: