In Steven Spielberg‘s Saving Private Ryan, a small team of US soldiers is sent to find and rescue a young private whose three brothers have been killed in action.

To prepare for the movie, all the principal actors went through several tough days of gruelling army training.

All the actors, that is, except Matt Damon, who plays Private Ryan. He didn’t have to endure this training ordeal.

You see, by sparing Damon, the filmmakers craftily made the other actors resent him and they consequently conveyed that resentment in their performances.

Clever.

Saving Private Ryan is showing tonight – Tuesday 22nd May – on Film 4 at 9pm.

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