Mel Gibson: 'Weapon' Check
Most people don’t know Mel Gibson’s We Were Soldiers is something of a prequel to 1987’s Lethal Weapon—not even the films’ creators. But in Soldiers, Gibson plays Lieut. Col. Hal Moore, commander of U.S. troops at the 1965 Vietnam War battle of the Ia Drang Valley—in which Weapon costar Danny Glover’s Murtaugh fought. Weapon scribe Shane Black chose the conflict because he wanted the character to have survived ”the nastiest hand-to-hand combat” of the war.