4 reasons why 'Black Hawk Down' should have been about Hoot
In 1993, U.S. forces consisting of Army Rangers and Delta Force commandos stormed into Mogadishu, Somalia, to capture warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid and key members of his militia.
During the raid, two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down, 18 Americans were killed, and 73 were wounded.
Director Ridley Scott brought the heroic story to the big screen in 2001's Black Hawk Down, which portrays the power of human will and brotherly bonds between soldiers in the fight.
Although the film follows Sgt. Eversmann, did you ever wonder how different the film would have been if Hoot was the star?
We did, and here are four reasons why:
4. Hoot's backstory
We first meet the brave Delta Force operator as he's undercover, lurking around the city of Mogadishu with his eyes fixed on potential targets, gathering info. That's a pretty badass thing to do and take a lot of balls in our opinion.
The only backstory we get from the film is that Hoot uses his trigger finger as his safety.
Maybe that's all we need.
"This is my safety, sir."
3. There would have been more aerial target practice
Remember when that Black Hawk helicopter picked up Hoot in the middle of the desert and then he shot that wild pig looking thing off-screen? That was awesome!
Well, we bet that if Hoot were the star, that scene would have been a set up for a dope aerial-to-ground shootout with the Somali militia — just sayin'.
2. He's the most interesting character in the film
We understand that film is based on the real raids that took place, but take a step back from that, and we bet everyone can agree that we all felt like Hoot was always cool and calm even though the troops faced an uncertain future.
Shout out to the cast and crew for making this character so compelling.
1. Why he does it
In the last scene where we see Hoot, he talks to Sgt. Eversmann about how he responds when people ask him "why we do it."
Although his answer is epic and on point, if the film was about him, we're freakin' positive that would have seen that scene take place somewhere in the movie.
"It's about the man next to you."