HOLLYWOOD, CA – Former U.S. Army Private Jonathan Fleckstein has found a lucrative new career in Hollywood as a military technical consultant to film and television productions dealing with military matters.
In the four years since separating from the Army, which he served in for ten months, the native Angelino has taken part in the production of three movies and five television series, advising the producers on such matters as military customs and courtesies, rank structure, weaponry, and the current state of the war on terror.
“When I was at Aberdeen Proving Grounds [sic] training to be a wheeled-vehicle mechanic, I really got to understand the concepts of marching, saluting, and clearing my weapon. I try to bring my expertise in that sort of in-your-face realism to the movie sets I work at,” Fleckstein told Duffel Blog.
‘Death From Above’, the new Michael Bay-directed action film, is currently in post-production, but Fleckstein’s part in it is just beginning.
“I couldn’t help but notice that there were several scenes in which non-coms and officers interacted and there were no salutes exchanged! I told the executive producer that was fucked up and totes [sic] unrealistic,” Fleckstein reported. “Based on my expertise, Bay ordered some re-shoots to make sure every time an enlisted person talks to an officer, they salute before and after each sentence. That should make it more like the Army I know.”
Hollywood insiders are excited that movie realism is improving under Fleckstein's expert watch.
"Jonathan is definitely a hell of an asset to have," said director Michael Bay. "Without his help, we would have never have known to have soldiers in the movie marching everywhere in Afghanistan, and we also realized the initial script forgot to include a Drill Sergeant to scream at everyone at all times."
While Fleckstein was chaptered from the Army during initial training at AIT and never got to serve in an actual Army unit, he doesn't let that hold him back:
“While I’ve never been deployed to a combat zone or actually done a PMCS on a vehicle, I’m well-versed in the concept of initial entry training and the ins-and-outs of the UCMJ process, and I think those experiences make me more than able to deal with the nuances of military culture during this time of persistent conflict.”