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"It was a distortion... a mercenary decision to create this parallel history in order to drive the movie for an American audience... Both my grandparents were officers in World War Two, and I would be personally offended if somebody distorted their achievements." - on his U-571 screenplay.
His movies often reference the US Military (The US Navy in U-571 (2000), Christian Bale's character Jim Davis was a former US Army Ranger who served in the Gulf War in Harsh Times (2005), Jake Gyllenhaal's character Brian Taylor is a former US Marine turned LAPD Officer in End of Watch (2012), and the US Army in Fury (2014).
His movies are frequently set in Los Angeles