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Afm: How Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Finally Came Together

4 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 2001, veteran producer David Permut was on the set of Disney movie “Double Take” when he heard about Desmond Doss — the only conscientious objector to ever be awarded a congressional Medal of Honor for heroism.

Doss was a Seventh-day Adventist who became a medic and served in World War II while adhering to his religious convictions. He saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa.

“It stopped me in my tracks — the notion that he would not even touch a gun,” Permut recalls from the Oz set of “Hacksaw Ridge,” Doss’ story helmed by Mel Gibson. “He’s a forgotten hero. This is such a unique way into a war story — a man who stood by his convictions.”

In its 14-year path from idea to production, “Hacksaw Ridge” picked up eight producers and a $53 million budget. Besides Permut, the producers include Demarest Media CEO William D. Johnson; Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver »

- Dave McNary

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