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Meet the real-life soldiers portrayed in Michael Bay's Benghazi movie

Michael Bay’s latest directorial effort takes a look at the American compound attacked by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. This new featurette for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi includes interviews with three of the six American soldiers portrayed in the film: Mark “Oz” Geist, Kris “Tanto” Paronto, and John “Tig” Tiegen.

Based on Mitchell Zukoff’s book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, the film focuses on the six soldiers who responded to the attack.

“We as a team decided that the story that wasn’t being told out there was what actually happened that night,” Geist says. “So we felt compelled to make sure the story gets out there the right way. It’s not about the politics. It’s the story of what happened on the ground.”

The three soldiers also talk about working with Bay to make sure he got the story right.

“Our director is Michael Bay. He has been very respectful to us,” Paronto says. “And he’s taken us seriously, and he’s got us involved.”

Starring John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, and David Denman, 13 Hours hits theaters on Jan. 15 — two weeks before the first major presidential primary in Iowa. Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State during the Benghazi disaster, and her leadership during the weeks leading up to and during the attack has been questioned and investigated by critics.

Watch the featurette below.