A Connecticut war hero turned actor, Kevin Lacz (NYBERG Interview)

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Middlefield’s Kevin Lacz is a retired Navy SEAL who did two tours of duty in the Middle East. He played a role in the hit film “American Sniper” to make sure they got the story of his friend, Chris Kyle, right.

“Kevin, how is it that you’re able to be in a movie after living all of that and then do it over again?” we asked.

“You know there’s craft services on the other side of that wall,” said Lacz. “It’s one of those things where you method act. I’m playing myself in the movie. I have to put myself back into the situations, back in 2006, and go through that and help tell the people around me, so they’re in contact, so they know what it’s like to be there as best we can with the resources available. It’s a representation and we do the best that we can with the tools that we have.”

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“But that had to pull up so many memories of what happened over there,” we said.

“It does and it’s catharsis in storytelling form,” said Lacz. “It’s being able to tell; it’s being able to educate, and as I educate you, and I educate people on the set, it helps me.”

“American Sniper” is the highest-grossing war movie in U.S. history. Lacz will be at a private screening of the film in Berlin on Sunday, followed by a reception and auction in Cromwell.

Lacz enlisted shortly after a friend’s father was killed in the attacks on our country in 9/11, and brought home two commendation medals, a Navy and Marine Corps. Achievement Medal, and a Bronze Star.

For more about Lacz, visit his website here.

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