No, this movie is not about a group of pups headed off to doggie battle, nor should it be confused with the canine adaptation of the Star Wars franchise: Dog Wars. War Dogs is actually the story of two men who secure a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan. Pretty badass, right? The 2016 comedy drama film stars Miles Teller and Academy Award nominated actor Jonah Hill. Here’s all you need to know:
- War Dogs is based on the TRUE story of Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz. The pair was in their early-twenties when they managed to secure the major U.S. Government contract—which is wild. Diveroli and Packouz were actually stoners who had no experience dealing with business of this magnitude. That, however, didn’t stop them from embarking on a globetrotting adventure that left them dealing with sketchy crooks, dangerous soldiers, and corrupt politicians.
- Diveroli and Packouz’s story was first recounted in Guy Lawson’s 2011 Rolling Stone story “The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time Weapons Traders.” Due to the article’s popularity, Lawson later expanded the story into the book Arms and the Dudes.
- Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf were originally rumored to play Diveroli and Packouz. After both actors fell through, Hill nabbed the role of Diveroli while Chris Pratt was considered to play Packouz. It was not until Teller saw the film’s director, Todd Phillips, at a restaurant that he asked to be put in the movie and then ultimately secured the role.
- War Dogs is actually a buddy comedy movie about two clumsy stoners who get caught up in a load of trouble. This makes sense considering the director of the film is also famously known for directing The Hangover Trilogy, Old School, and Due Date.
Need a laugh or can’t wait to see how the film ends? Come see War Dogs on Wednesday November 9 in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater (Ohio Union) at either 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. (or both). Free popcorn and beverages will be provided!
May the bark be with you.
Written by: Jaya Adkins