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“Devotion”: Jonathan Majors has personal ties to the Korean War

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Bringing to the big screen the true story of the first black US Navy aviator, Jesse Brown. dedication hits theaters on November 23rd. Jonathan Majors leads the cast as Brown Top Gun: Maverick Star Glen Powell as fellow aviator Tom Hudner. Throughout the film (and real life), the couple forms an unlikely bond that transcends the racial lines of the era.

Majors had what many would call a rocky start. A native of California, Majors grew up on a military base during the early years of his life before his father, who was in the Air Force, disappeared. His mother, a pastor, then moved to Texas with Majors and his two siblings, where Majors spent his teenage years getting into trouble with the law.

Acting became a saving grace for Major, who discovered his passion for the craft in high school and then earned his MFA from the Yale School of Drama. A year later, Majors landed his role in When we get up and has since become one of Hollywood’s most promising leading actors. In 2020, just three years after his breakthrough role, he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Atticus Freeman in Lovecraft country.

In addition to Dedication, Majors currently has three MCU films on its slate starring Kang, the Avenger’s enemy. But Majors didn’t stop there. In addition to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Avengers: The Kang Dynastyand Avengers: Secret WarsMajors will also star in three of the most anticipated films of 2023, including Creed III.

Commonly referred to as America’s “Forgotten War,” the Korean War is often overlooked in history because it is overshadowed by World War II and the Vietnam War. But Majors has not forgotten. “The Korean War kind of follows me,” Majors told Vanity Fair, revealing that both of his grandfathers had served in the conflict.

Additionally, Majors was attracted to his character, Brown. Speaking of performance by the majors in dedicationFord says, “Majors peel Brown’s stoic exterior and expose the inner struggle that swirls within him.”

Majors was brought to tears during filming based on his personal experiences. He recalled times when, like Brown, he was told to “give up.” But like Brown, Majors didn’t give up and is now a leader in his field.

Similar, dedication Director JD Dillard cried as he read the film’s script, Vanity Fair reports.

Raised as the son of a Black Naval aviator, Dillard recalls a childhood spent in airplane hangars. He watched his father in the Navy’s elite aerobatic team, the Blue Angels. Because of this, Dillard made sure his father was involved in the filming dedication to make the technical aspects of the film as authentic as possible.

Part of that authenticity was making sure all the actors were trained as pilots. Fresh from the shoot Top Gun: Maverick, Glen Powell already had his pilot’s license while filming Devotion. Majors also underwent extensive training.

But Dillard’s focus was on the connection between them dedication‘s Braun and Hudner. Their devotion to one another and to their country is what defines them dedication climb.

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